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Smaller Plate And Portion Sizes Have No Effect On Calorie Intake - Study

January 18, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in the U.S. have disproved the weight-loss tip that suggests smaller plates and portion sizes helps control food intake. For the study, normal weight women and overweight women were randomly assigned to eat lunch on two days. Lunch consisted of spaghetti and tomato sauce, using either a small or large plate. Each subject was asked to self-serve the food onto the assigned plate and told to eat until satisfied. During the second lunch, each subject went through the same procedure but using the alternative size plate. The researchers found that plate size did not have an impact on energy intake because participants, whether normal weight or overweight, ate until they were full regardless of what utensils they used.
M. Shah et al., "A pilot study to investigate the effect of plate size on meal energy intake in normal weight and overweight/obese women", Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, January 18, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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