Part 2 – Use Smaller Plates
This is part 2 of a series of articles inspired by the BBC1 TV program hosted by Michael Mosely.
Using smaller plates seems an extremely simplistic idea. Surely our logic will override the visual? It seems not, the program detailed a study of the popcorn consumption of people given full tubs of popcorn in 2 sizes (both sizes had more than enough popcorn to satisfy hunger) – people who had the larger size ate 30% more anyway – just because it was there.
I’ve found information saying that the average European dinner plate is 9-inch in diameter and the average US dinner plate is 11- inches – this means the 2-inch difference amounts to the 11-inch plate having 50% more surface area than the 9-inch plate. If, like most people, you fill your plate, you’re putting 50% more food on it than a person with the 9-inch plate.
Portion control is important and a heaped small plate is just as appealing as a large one. This tip is very easy to implement. Over the years plate sizes have increased, leading us into trouble. Try comparing the plate sizes of an old dinner service with a modern one and see what you find.
So eat from smaller plates and eat fewer calories.