I saw a book that shows how 1963 dinner plates averaged 9" compared to today's, which are 12" wide. I found 9-inch 'Food Network' "salad" plates at Kohl's that I use for dinner plates. The smaller plates make portions look bigger. Kohl's also has 1-cup ceramic bowls and Target has 2-cup cereal bowls. Now when I put something to eat into a bowl, I know how much I have without measuring.
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By downsizing my plate size I am able to decrease the amount I eat without thinking I am not getting enough. My plates look full and I have to use smaller portions in order to get all my food groups on the plate. In three weeks this trick has helped me lose 6 pounds while not feeling cheated.
Although it is a mind over matter trick, using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate for my meals cuts back on how much you serve yourself and lets your brain think you are getting a lot without since your plate is full and has no empty spaces.
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