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I rarely use a regular size dinner plate any more. My portion sizes have shrunk, and, so I don't feel deprived, so has my plate size. Now I usually eat off the "bread plate" (the size between a saucer and a dinner plate). That way, my smaller portion doesn't look so small dwarfed on a big plate. My salad bowl, though, has grown. It is now the medium-size Pyrex mixing bowl! 20
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.
When I was starting to take my health seriously, I wasn't really prepared to really monitor my portions and SEE just how much I was eating. So, I made sure that I had in the house an electronic food scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons. It was eye opening to see what portioned amounts really looked like vs. the mighty men plate sizes of food I had been eating. These simple & inexpensive gadgets can make the difference between success or failure. 192
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