The Red Plate Diet

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There’s no chance that the secret to weight loss could be as simple as changing the color of your plate. Or could it? A new study shows that those who ate on red plates or drank from red cups actually ate and drank less than they did when using other colors.

In one experiment, researchers compared how much 41 male students consumed from cups that had either blue or red stickers on them. The results revealed that the men consumed more from the blue stickered cup, while the flavor of the sweetened beverage didn’t matter.

In another study, 109 men and women were asked to complete a survey with three different colored plates of pretzels in front of them-a white one, a blue one, and a red one. In the end, the most pretzels were taken from the blue plate, the second most from the white plate, and the least from the red plate.

Apparently, red serveware acts as a stop sign and signals your brain when it’s time to stop. In several studies, red serveware seemed to make a significant impact on mindless eating and drinking. We’d be interested to know if the actual color of your food makes a difference too!

With Spring and bikini season just around the corner, it may be helpful to change the color of your plates. We definitely foresee a trip to Williams-Sonoma in the near future. Will you be changing your serveware before your next diet?

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