Why You Should Eat With a Big Fork From a Heavy Bowl

Why You Should Eat With a Big Fork From a Heavy Bowl

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Anjali Prasertong
Aug 18, 2011
When it comes to satisfying hunger, our brains are just as important as our bellies, and our perception of the amount of food we are eating has a powerful effect on how much we consume. So how does eating with a big fork or from a heavy bowl actually make people eat less? GOOD Magazine wrote about a forthcoming study that looked at how the size of a diner's fork affected the amount of food eaten during a single meal. Those who used forks that were 20 percent bigger than normal actually ate less than those who used smaller-than-normal forks. Why?
Here's one theory: When eating with a small fork, each forkful hardly makes a dent in the dish. But with bigger forks, each bite marks measurable progress in the consumption of the meal.
Another forthcoming study shows that yogurt served in a heavy bowl is perceived as denser and more expensive than yogurt eaten from a lighter bowl. Is it possible to satisfy an ice cream craving by serving a smaller amount in a heavier bowl? We think it's worth a try. • Check it out: Watch Your Mouth: Eat Lightly and Carry a Big Fork at GOOD Have you adopted any habits like this to help control how much you eat? Related: Eating Light: Smart Portion Prep and Pack Tray (Image: Flickr member viZZZual.com licensed under Creative Commons)
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