It seems like commonsense to me: You want to lose weight? Eat lots of healthy nutrient-dense plant matter, exercise, and strictly limit health-destroying foods like saturated fats, refined grains, sodium, etc. This approach is too mystifying for some, though, and some are blaming the plate their food comes on. It has given rise to the smaller plate diet. MSNBC reports:
Want to lose weight? Try eating off smaller plates. A new study shows that using smaller bowls and spoons may curb the amount of food eaten.In a previous post Dr. Fuhrman says worrying about portion sizes is misleading:
"People could try using the size of their bowls and possibly serving spoons to help them better control how much they consume," write researchers in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"Those interested in losing weight should use smaller bowls and spoons, while those needing to gain weight — such as the undernourished or aged — could be encouraged to use larger ones," add Dr. Brian Wansink, of Cornell University, and colleagues.
It is meaningless to compare foods by weight or portion size. Let me provide and example why this is the case. Take one teaspoon of melted butter, which gets 100 percent of its calories from fat. If I take that teaspoon of butter and mix it in a glass of hot water, I can now say that it is 98 percent-fat-free, by weight. One hundred percent of its calories are still from fat. It didn’t matter how much water or weight was added, did it?
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