When it comes to getting in shape, most people think that the best way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and do a bit more exercise.
On a purely logical level this is true, but on a practical level it doesn’t work for many dieters. This is because opting for a healthy salad over the appetizing looking burger and fries requires willpower, and that is something which human beings have an exhaustible supply of.
Trying to improve your lifestyle can require lots of small changes, and studies have shown that the more habits you are trying to build, and the more temptations you are trying to resist, the more likely it is that at some point you will just give up. Fortunately, there are a couple of basic psychological tricks which you can use to lose weight, which can fool your brain into thinking you aren’t trying to modify your behavior at all.
Small Dinnerware Vs Large Dinnerware
When it comes to satiety, it seems that how much our brain thinks we have eaten is actually far more important than what we have actually consumed. This can be either an advantage or a disadvantage when it comes to portions and the size of your dinnerware, thanks to the Delboeuf Illusion.
The Delboeuf Illusion refers to how our brains assess size. Essentially, we tend to determine the size of something by comparing it with a larger object. So if we put an average portion on a large dinner plate – and most of us tend to use relatively big plates – our brain thinks we are eating a small, inadequate amount. Our naturally instinct is therefore to pile more on the plate.
This means that if you are on a diet, a small dinner plate can trick your mind into thinking you are eating a hearty meal even if the portion size is smaller than you are used to. Consequently, you can make a change to your eating habits with no effort or willpower involved at all.
Picking The Right Color Dinnerware
Surprisingly, the size of the plate isn’t the only thing which affects your perception of the meal. Recent psychology studies have also shown that that the color of your dinnerware can impact how you feel about the meal as well.
It seems that when there is low contrast between what you are eating and the plate you have served it on, you perceive the meal to be smaller. So if your meal is something such as chicken and potatoes, you are likely to add more to your plate if your dinnerware is white, taupe or beige. On the other hand, if you put the same meal on a blue plate you are likely to consume less. High contrast dinnerware can be another tool for losing weight without compromising your willpower.
The best way to lose weight is to eat a healthy diet with smaller portion sizes and fewer processed foods. But to make your new habits effortless, try investing in some new dinnerware.