We have all heard, and seen, that portion sizes in American restaurants have grown over the past several decades. Fast food servings are two to five times larger than when they were first introduced. Over the last few decades, a more subtle change has been taking place that has led to increased portion sizes at home as well.
Since the 1960’s, American dinner plate sizes have grown 30%. Fifty years ago, the average plate was 8.5 inches in diameter. Today, dinner plates are typically a foot in diameter! Since we tend to eat with our eyes, not our stomachs, this means that Americans are eating about 30% more food at every meal without even realizing it.
Try eating meals using smaller salad plates, soup bowls, and teaspoons to get the opposite effect on your calorie intake. The same goes for drinks, except water. Allow yourself to eat as much as you need to feel satisfied. It will likely be less than when you ate off of larger plates. You won’t even notice that you’re eating less, but over time this change can lead to noticeable weight loss.