Here is a simple question for you:
Will you eat less or more if the food is delicious?
Of course, the more time you spend in the kitchen the more you focus on actually eating.
If you prefer delicious refined meals you will have more pleasure eating and of course tend to eat more.
If you simplify your cooking style, the natural impact is to eat less because you will be less tempted to eat just for pleasure.
Ok, I agree you don’t really need to become a “bad” cook.
But, you do want to simplify your cooking style.
This strategy alone can again cut your calorie intake by another 20%.
You will eat what you need but not more.