Use Bigger Utensils to Eat Less

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller. Here's the surprising tip that can help you eat less. Use a bigger fork. You know when you go to a restaurant and the plate setting often includes a small salad fork and a larger fork for your entree. Italian researchers found using a larger utensil actually helps people eat less. One reason may be that the larger fork tricks your mind into thinking you've eaten more. In the Italian study, using a bigger fork made a bigger dent in the food on the plate, that fooled people into thinking they gabled more than they really had.

Try this for yourself and not just with forks. Eat your morning yogurt or oatmeal with a soupspoon instead of a teaspoon to see if you eat less. And don't forget about other simple strategies to manage your meals. Always eat slowly since it takes 15 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you are full.

Also try using smaller plates and bowls. Your dinner will look a lot more abundant on a 8 or 9 inch salad plate than it will on a 11 inch diner plate. For more ways to watch your weight and be healthier, watch all of our smart tips, right here.