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8 scientific weight loss tips

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012
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#6. Reduce your plate size and change your plate colour

According to a report published on Medical Daily, eating healthy can be as simple as changing the size of your plate.

A study published in Appetite Australia found that dishware size influences the amout of calories avalable to be consumed in a meal. Another study found that people eat more popcorn when placed in an extra-large bucket than a large bucket.

The problem is, people are often not able to tell when they are full and when to stop before they overeat.

According to AsapSCIENCE, our bodies have a hard time turning down food, even when we are full.

A study gave two groups of participants a bowl of soup to eat. Unbeknown to one group, they were given a bottomless bowl of soup that refilled itself. The group with the bottomless bowl ate 73 per cent more than those with normal 22-ounce bowls, Medical Daily reported.

When the experiment was over, the participants did not realise they had eaten more. 

"Lesson is, don't rely on your stomach to tell you when you're full. It can lie," said Researcher Brian Wansink Ph.D..

And if you want to go the extra mile, why not change your plate to one of a brighter, bolder colour?

A study found that people take more generous helpings when meals are placed on the same colour plate as the food. According to the Cornell University study, when the foods blend in with their background, people tend to serve themselves 20 per cent more than if they were using a plate of contrasting colour.

It is speculated that the colour contrast serves as a "stop sign", signalling to people how much food they are serving. Alternatively, if you want to trick your mind into eating more vegetables, you may want to consider using a green plate.

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