You know that gross, full, I’ll-never-be-hungry-again feeling you get when you’ve eaten way too much food? We’ve all been there. Everyone overindulges every once in a while, whether it’s on chocolate, scrambled eggs with cheese, pasta or my personal vice – bacon. But are you eating too much because the food’s delicious, or because your brain is playing tricks on you?
If you’ve been gaining a little weight recently and don’t want to blame yourself, you’re in luck – a recently released study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that plate color can be a major factor in how much food you’re eating. So, when your mom asks if you’ve been eating right, just tell her that it’s your plate’s fault you can’t stick to a diet. Have fun with that one.
As it turns out, the researchers discovered that when there was little contrast between the color of a plate and the color of the food on it, people tended to take bigger servings – and eat more of it. For example, you’re more likely to pile ravioli and tomato sauce a mile on a red plate than a green one.
If you want an easy to way to trick yourself into smaller servings, pick your plates smartly. I say invest in some blue dishes, since very few foods are the same color. Or –wait for it – you be cognizant of what you are piling onto your plate.