By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine
A new study--published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research--helps explain why the size of our plates affects how much we're eating. Turns out, our behavior is directly influenced by what our eyes perceive, even when we know better. So, for example, you'll serve yourself--and eat--less on a 6-inch plate than a 9-inch plate because it looks more satisfying.
The color of your plates, table and tablecloth matters too: using light plates on dark tablecloths helps you eat less; doing the opposite (having dark plates on dark tableclothes) makes us take--and eat--more.
Perhaps the most surprising of all is that even nutrition experts--people trained in food and calories--are duped. One of Wansink's previous studies involved his nutrition students and colleagues at an ice cream social. They were each randomlyRead More »from The Diet Mistake Even Nutritionists Make