March 3, 2009

I tend to be skeptical of any diet strategy that supposedly "tricks" your mind into thinking you're full. So I was surprised and pleased to find one that is really working for me: using a smaller-sized plate to eat your meals. The theory is that a portion will look bigger when it's served in a diminutive dish, making you feel satisfied with less food. And it's true! For me, it's easier to stop myself from having seconds than it is to not finish what's in front of me. Even a pre-portioned food, like a slice of pizza, looks bigger when you serve it on a salad plate. And helping myself to one piece at a time (as opposed to grabbing two or three at once) makes me aware of how much I'm eating and helps me stick to healthier portions without feeling deprived.