Another wasted tip.
This one gets repeated a lot on blogs and talk shows. It basically posits that people generally fill their plates with whatever they are having for dinner that night so if they used smaller dishes then they would eat less.
IF IT WERE THAT SIMPLE
If that’s all it took then we’d all be at our ideal weight in a year and out looking to solve the next problem in our lives. The only type of person this works for is the adult who is so dependent that they eat whatever their partner puts in front of them without question, and trust me, you wouldn’t want to be in their shoes with those issues, skinny or otherwise.
The problem with this tip of course is that after eating that smaller portion people can (and will):
- Get another portion.
- Become tempted to eat junk later as they are not satisfied.
- Eat more side dishes, rationalizing that it’s okay to do so as long as they are healthy.
- Eat more at a later time.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Underneath this tip lies the calorie counting theory which states that you need to eat less to lose weight – something you can accomplish by enduring the daily pain of deprivation, or by eating at a trendy Kale Bar every night. While there is some truth to that (calorie counting that is) it’s more important to eat the right foods than it is to worry about quantity.
What works is controlling your insulin by eating a low carbohydrate diet, among other things.
Learn to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to diet tips and you’ll make faster progress, more consistently.