When a smaller plate doesn't mean better weight loss or health

Have you downsized your dinner plate or even bought a special diet plate to help lose weight?

Is it working for you? If not, I will give you some clues as to why and what to do ....

Since the 1960s, the typical main meal dinner plate has grown in size from about 22 to 26 cm (8.7 to 10 inches) across.

Downsizing the plate seems a logical approach for weight loss and better health but interestingly downsizing the plate may not be ideal for you.

Eating off a larger plate is not always a bad thing. Eating off a larger plate can be a great thing to do!

If the main meal is the only time you eat vegetables or salad and fruit. You can load up the plate with vegetables, salad and fruit.

A larger plate that’s dominated by vegetables and salad but is not over-crowded leads to a higher vegetable and salad intake.

What’s not on the plate is still very important. Your choices at other times matter as much as what’s on your main plate.

Think about this. How many times a day, a week, a year don’t you eat off a dinner plate? The non-meal time eating and drinking - the breakfasts, lunches, snacks, drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and soups.

Many foods do not reach a plate and are consumed out of packets, boxes, jars, bottles and out of meal zones. Traditional meal times are being replaced with snack-eating and grazing.

Let’s say you eat off a dinner plate seven times a week. That leaves at least 14 breakfast and lunches and at least one (but likely more) snacks and foods eaten between meals. And don’t forget the side orders, drinks and soups. The main plate accounts for 20-25% of your daily food, maybe.

Reduce the size of the main meal plate and there’s a real risk you will snack and graze more without even realising it.

The problem with plates, large and small, really lies .... read the full article here.