While it is often recommended that to lose weight you should cut your portion sizes, one of the recommended methods of doing so (using smaller plates) may not give you the results you crave.
In a study performed at the University of Connecticut this trick was shown to be not as effective as thought, in particular among overweight teenage girls.
What did the study involve?
The team of researchers looked at how much attention 162 girls aged between 14 and 18 gave to portion sizes in relation to different plate sizes.
One researcher professor Lance Bauer had this to say:
“It has been assumed that overweight or obese consumers are more likely to underestimate the size of a food serving and accordingly overeat — particularly when the food is presented on a large dinner plate or in a large container.”
“For this reason and others, it is frequently recommended that these consumers use smaller plates to defeat the illusion.”
What were the results of the study?
Despite what has long been believed, the girls who were overweight or obese were less able to see how the varying plate sizes affected their portion sizes.
“This finding suggests that changing the size of their dinnerware may be less effective than we thought.”
These findings also suggested that diet rules and calorie counting may also be less effective than we would like too.
While we would hope that smaller plates equal smaller portions, science has seemingly debunked this method of weight loss.
Perhaps a healthy diet with regular exercise really is the only guaranteed method of achieving long lasting weight loss?
It may take a little hard work and a little compromise in what you are eating, but the results you can achieve will make this extra effort worth it.