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Can Your Cutlery Cut Calories?


Big fork or little fork? That’s a question you hear every time someone in my family sets the table. For whatever reason my sister and I have always preferred the smaller salad fork over the dinner fork…..but have we been doing ourselves a disservice?

Researchers at the University of Utah discovered that using a large fork caused hungry diners to eat about 10 percent less than those who used a small fork. “Because there’s a time lag between when our stomachs are actually full and when our bodies let us know we’re full, we often rely on visual cues to determine when to stop eating,” explains study coauthor Arul Mishra, Ph.D. “A bigger fork makes it seem like you’ve made more of a dent in your meal, so you stop sooner.” 

I still prefer the small fork but being aware of potential pitfalls is always helpful. Plus, the big fork trick only works if you’re actually hungry. If you’re digging in for other reasons (boredom, routine, emotional eating) the study found people actually consumed more calories with the larger fork!

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you. Follow me on Twitter @Shape_Magzine with hashtag #FitFoodie—I will respond!


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