Want to prevent holiday weight gain?
What you eat is affected by the color of your plate. An interesting article in the WSJ reviewed two recent studies that showed the affect of colors on how much we serve ourselves at a meal.
For those of you who like the bottom line, this is what they found.
If the color of the food was similar to the color of the plate, people tended to serve themselves more. Translation: more turkey and mashed potatoes on a white plate as compared to a pasta and marinara (OK, now I’m hungry!)
But things changed when there was a contrast in color between the plate and the tablecloth. Specifically, if the plate was, for example, white and the tablecloth was black, then people served themselves more- about 10% larger portions.
So what is the take home, especially around the holidays?
- Use smaller plates: although it was not studied here, lots of other research shows this results in less consumption
- Contrast your food and your plate: perhaps a blue plate would be helpful (unless you are planning on eating blue food)
- Keep your plates a similar color as your tablecloth, placements or even table
And, of course, eat mindfully so that you enjoy each morsel you consume.
Want more info? Watch this video on how to reduce stress related to your weight over the holidays.
And let us know how it works for you!