Are you using the wrong plates?
Because even if you pick the perfect portion size…
Putting it on the wrong plate can hijack your thoughts and make you feel unsatisfied!
Image via Mo Illusions
Crazy right? One feels ABUNDANT and the other plates signal deprivation!
Stuck with BIG plates? Always fill half with salad or broccoli :)
Plate COLOR can also hijack your brain!
If the color of your food is the same color as your plate, you’ll feel less satisfied.
All the more reason to load it up with some GREENS!
Another study also concluded that plate rim widths and rim coloring can affect our perception of food portion size, too!
Overwhelming to think about, I know, but isn’t it also EMPOWERING?
To know using a smaller plate can help you feel satisfied?
That’s easy enough!
AND as you learned yesterday: smaller containers can help with satiation too!
Meal planning is a necessary part of tacking the portion problem.
Pre-storing your servings helps you create boundaries,
AND it helps satisfy so you don’t fall victim to external cues that cause you to overeat!
Now, you can take all these tips and run with them…
But if your sense of portions has been warped by restaurants and commercials (and a whopping 96% of America’s chains fall way outside the USDA recommendations), you might want to consider food rehab.
Use the meal plans as an educational tool to help learn what a portion really is.
The longer you stay on them and use them consistently, the more you’ll KNOW what a portion is.
You’ll know EXACTLY how much to eat or serve yourself.
You already know you can’t rely on your will alone -- environment plays a HUGE part.
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