Fit Tip: Picking the Perfect Plate

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Hi everyone,

I’ve noticed that a lot of my subbies have been asking me for health and fitness tips ever since my “How to Reduce Bloating” video.  Well, ask and you shall receive! ^_^  Today, I’m sharing a simple trick that will help keep your portions in check and stop you from overeating.  The secret? Picking the right plate.

First, pick a smaller plate over a larger one – this will trick your brain into thinking you are eating more. Here’s a great illustration:

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Though both plates contain the same amount of food, the smaller plate on the right looks like it contains more

Ready for a history lesson? This thinking goes way back to an optical illusion discovered by a Belgian scientist in 1865 – the Delboeuf Illusion.  According to his findings, your brain can trick you into thinking a circle’s size has increased or decreased depending on the size of a ring around it.  

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The circle on the right appears larger, even though they are the same size

Plate size may be important, but it’s not the only thing that will keep you from overeating.  According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, plate color can also affect how much you consume during a meal.  The study showed that people are less likely to over serve themselves when there is a higher contrast between the color of their food and the color of their plate.  For example, if you are loading up your plate with a light-colored food like pasta, you are more likely to serve yourself a smaller portion using a dark plate than if you’re using a lighter one.  In another study, a Swiss researcher found that individuals ate 41% less when using red plates than other colors.  Supposedly, it’s because red often signals “danger” or “stop” in most people’s minds. How crazy is that??

So next time, pick a smaller plate in a color that contrasts the food you are about to eat.  And if all else fails, choose red :)

Have you ever heard of these tips? Do you have any more health or fitness-related questions to ask me?  Share with me in the comments!

<3 Mish

photo credit: greatest, sciencekids.co.nz, thinkstock

2 Comments

  1. sushifire says:

    Strange. I’ve heard that “red” can actually stimulate appetite; whereas “blue” would often inhibit it. I should eat less per meal though…

  2. yuniecesee says:

    Let me try this. :)

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