The See Food Diet

It's been shown time and time again; the more we see, the more we eat. Past studies have found that when people are presented larger than usual meals (on bigger plates or in deeper bowls, so they seem proportionate), they eat more than they otherwise would – regardless of how hungry they actually are. Other research using "endless" soup bowls (a bowl that has a tiny tube attached to the bottom of it where soup is continually pumped in – all unknowingly by the study participant) have found that most people will eat past the point of being comfortably satiated if food is still in close proximity.

To try and combat this unhealthy overeating tendency, researchers gave a group of obese diabetic patients a set of dishes with special markers defining the proper portion sizes for each meal. The plates had sections for proteins, carbohydrates, cheeses, sauces, and vegetables.  At the end of the six-month study, the individuals using the plates and bowls with the portion-control markers lost significantly more weight than the patients who did not.
   
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Maybe our parents are partly to blame for training us to "clean" our plates before we left the dinner table as kids, but as adults in a nation where overweightness and obesity are at epidemic proportions we need to ultimately accept responsibility for how much we eat. If you have difficulty losing weight, try using smaller, plates, bowls, and drinking glasses to help "trick" your senses into telling your brain you're full sooner.
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