Eating out can be difficult for dieters. A popular rule of thumb is to only eat half of your restaurant meal. Come on, can you really justify that huge dish at your favorite spot as one portion? But if you’re not into doggy bags, you may want to try using a larger fork.
A new study being published in an upcoming Journal of Consumer Research found that when eating out, people who used a bigger utensil ate less than those with smaller versions.
Researchers from The University of Utah, Salt Lake City conducted their experiment in an Italian restaurant, observing the amount of food remaining on peoples’ plates after a meal they ate with either an oversized or undersized fork.
Why did the larger fork users eat less? Researchers say that the larger utensil gave diners more visual signs that they were making their way through their meal and thus satisfying their hunger. Differently, smaller forks required more bites to make an actual dent on the plate and couldn’t as easily monitor their progress. Interesting.
Do you have any tips for avoiding that “I need to unbutton my jeans” feeling after eating out?
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