Weight loss can be affected by portion control, according to a new study.
“People don’t think that something as simple as the size of a bowl would influence how much an informed person eats,” Brian Wansink, psychologist at Cornell University and study leader, told the Indo-Asian News Service.
“Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat, and then ask ourselves if we’re full. The secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you,” he continued.
Portion Control Studies
Dr. Sass reported that Dr. Wansink has performed several studies to this effect, including one that focused on 168 movie goers, who ate either fresh or stale popcorn from different size container, according to a Cornell University statement. His research also found relevance in drink size: he noted that people pour about 37 percent more liquid in short, wide glasses than in tall, skinny ones of the same volume.
The findings even extended to children’s cereal bowls: a study showed that children of differing weights who were given a 16 ounce bowl were more likely to serve themselves up to twice as much cereal than children given an eight ounce bowl.
Another myth debunked by Dr. Wansink had to do with the idea that people can tell when they’re full and know when to stop eating. He performed a study that showed people losing up to 2.2 pounds of weight after making a few simple changes in their eating environment — the example that was given was to use smaller salad plates for portions instead of large dinner plates.
“These discoveries are nothing new” Dr. Sass says. “I always find it amazing that people are so programmed to finish everything on their plate, no matter how much is in front of them”. Dr. Sass urges people to slow down when eating as well and try to ask yourself mid-way through your meal if your stomach is really satisfied at that point before taking another bite. We will help you lose weight and get on track.