Big plates - big portions
The size of crockery and cutlery affects how much we eat. For example, people with a large bowl and a large spoon eat significantly more ice cream than those with a small bowl and cutlery.
Nutritionists at the University of Illinois hosted an ice cream feast among colleagues. Brian Wansink's research team let the employees choose which ice cream bowls they wanted to use - vessels that could hold around half a kilogram or bowls for twice the amount. The 58 colleagues scooped the ice cream themselves – here, too, they had the choice of using ice cream scoops of different sizes. Those with a sweet tooth who grabbed the larger bowl ate 31 percent more ice cream than their neighbors with the smaller bowl, Wansink said. The researchers also observed that colleagues with larger ice cream scoops had 14.5 percent more cream in their bowls.
Don't use big plates, use small ones, you'll probably put less on them
(Luann Daggett) "In the small bowl, the scoops of ice cream can seem like a decent afternoon snack, while the food in the larger container seems underwhelming," explains Wansink. "So don't use big plates, use small ones, you probably won't be doing as much on them. That's a tip we give to patients who want to control their weight," says Luann Daggett, a researcher at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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