Small Portions = Small Plates

The formula for losing weight sounds so simple: eat less and move more. Both tasks can be equally daunting, especially when smaller portions of healthy foods looks like this to many people:

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An optical illusion called the Delboeuf effect shows that two dots of equal size appears smaller inside a large circle and larger with a smaller circle around it.

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The solution?

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Eating smaller portions on smaller plates can trick the brain into thinking you are eating an adequate amount of food.

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No, you don’t need to buy new dishes. Simply use a salad plate instead of a traditional dinner plate. The oversized platters plates that you received as a wedding present? Use them to serve healthy snacks at your next game night!

References
http://www.livestrong.com/article/507006-three-benefits-of-eating-smaller-portions/
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/portion/portion.cgi?action=question&number=1
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/01/28/145865238/deception-diet-how-optical-illusions-can-trick-your-appetite

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