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.
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Have you adopted any habits like this to help control how much you eat?