By: Nikki Nies
In America, bigger is equated with better. Everywhere you turn, products are advertised to be jumbo or extra large. For some products, such as purchasing buying vegetables in the bulk are worth the extra “size.” However, plate and portion size in America have increased over the last few decades, causing increased food consumption and waistlines across the control. The average plates in America are at least 14-16″, an increase of at least 5″ in past couple decades.
It’s no coincidence that as serving sizes have increased, people are eating more. The mind can and will play tricks on you to eat more than you need or should. University of Rhode Island at Kingston did a study that found that with smaller plates and utensils, participants consumed 70 calories less per meal. Advocates of smaller utensils and plates started the Smaller Plate Movement to not only trim waistlines, but to also make people more aware of what is consumed and consequently decrease food waste.
The Smaller Plate Movement is just as it sounds. This group challenges individuals to eat off a 9-10″ plate for one month. To join the movement, go to www. smallplatemovement.org . You’ll quickly adjust to the smaller portions, feeling “overwhelmed” with larger plates.
Check out sound evidence by the renowned Brian Wansink, a professor in behavioral and nutrition science at Cornell University. Wansink reminds us portion distortion’s everywhere, it’s understandable how many didn’t see the evolution of portions during their lifetime. Plate distortion plays tricks on the mind, with an optical illusion leading us to make inaccurate estimates of serving size and/or portions. Here’s commentary he’s written regarding plate size and why we overeat.
Try the Smaller Plate Challenge, what do you got to lose besides some inches from your waist?
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