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Day 10: Take Control of Your Environment

By Lisa D'Agrosa, December 19, 2013 - 1:29pm

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Day 10: Take Control of Your Environment

There are certain tricks you can use to change your food environment (think: your kitchen, pantry and desk) and set yourself up for weight-loss success. Research shows our behavior is directly influenced by what our eyes perceive, even when we know better. Using smaller plates can help you eat less without even realizing it. So, for example, you’ll serve—and eat—less of your meal on a 7-inch plate than a 9-inch plate because it looks more satisfying. Choosing a 1-cup dessert or cereal bowl instead of a soup bowl, and a 6-ounce wineglass rather than a goblet, should also help you feel more satisfied. It may seem counterintuitive, but big silverware may help too. A University of Utah study found that when people took bigger bites (using a fork that was 20 percent larger than a regular restaurant fork) they ate less overall.

Pictured Recipe: Creamy Chicken Potpie

Brierley WrightToday’s Editor’s Tip:
Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor 

"When I’ve been overdoing it in the portion department, my go-to solution to get back on track is ditch our dinner plates and pull out the salad plates. Serving up dinner (or even breakfast or lunch, which I do too) on a smaller plate makes a healthy portion look like a whole lot more. And feeling like I got to “indulge” leaves me feeling satisfied after a meal and far less likely to go back for seconds.”

Actionable Tip: Dish up your dinner tonight on a salad plate and find a big fork to eat it with.

TAGS: Lisa D'Agrosa, Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa
Lisa D'Agrosa is EatingWell's associate nutrition editor. She earned her master's degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and attended the dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian.

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