Smaller Plate Won’t Help Your Diet
Individuals eat until full regardless of the dinnerware, Specialist says.
A smaller plate won’t help you eat less, says another review that challenges a widely held conviction.
“Smaller plates are often recommended as a method of controlling intake, but that simply isn’t an effective strategy,” senior researcher Meena Shah, a professor of kinesiology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, said in a news release. “There was no plate size, weight status, or plate size by weight status impact on meal vitality intake.”
The review included 10 overweight or obese ladies and 10 normal weight ladies who were randomly assigned to have lunch using either a small (8.5-inch) or large (10.8-inch) plate. The ladies were advised to serve themselves and eat until they were satisfied.
The ladies did this on two different days, using a different size plate each time.
“It is conceivable that plate size does not have an effect on energy intake because people eat until they are full regardless of what utensils they are using,” Shah said.
She noted that overweight and obese women “reported lower levels of hunger and prospective consumptions before the meals and felt full after the meals compared to normal weight subjects despite no difference in energy consumption between two groups. This suggests that overweight/obese individuals may have a lower ability to sense hunger and fullness than normal weight adults.”