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One Helping Helps Many: Does Plate Size Affect Your Waist Line?

Posted Nov 17 2009 12:00am
Using a smaller plate could help you lose weight, fast.

Have you ever considered that the size plate you eat on could be affecting the size of your waistline? I guess I sorta knew there was a relationship there, but I didn’t understand to what extent until recently, when I spoke with Christine Bromely, creator of One Helping Helps Many , an online retailer of 9-inch plates. Her goal is to have people to eat lesser portions on beautiful plates.

Chris, a nurse for over 25 years, realized when she worked with cardiac and diabetic patients, that all they really needed to do was cut down their portions. “After someone becomes sick, plate size is just another hurdle,” she says. On a 12 or 14-inch plate, it looked like they weren’t eating anything. Chris calls it “visually unsatisfying;” which is why she started looking online for a smaller plate; but her search was fruitless.

Chris knows firsthand the difficulties people have with weight control because she has struggled with it all her life: “I could lose 30 or 40 lbs and then gain the weight back,” she says.

You could have an addiction to alcohol or gambling, says Chris, and walk away from it cold turkey. “You never have to go into a bar or a casino again,” says Chris; “but with food, I had to negotiate with it three times a day.”

Since she and her family began using the 9-inch plates she designed, they have all lost a significant amount of weight. And Chris believes that anyone who switches over to a smaller plate will have good results.

In fact, studies show that when you go from a 14 inch plate to a 10 inch plate, you cut 22% of total calories—that’s 18 lbs in one year—just in dinner alone. That’s huge!

"I don’t want to tell people to avoid carbs or not to eat," says Chris. "Just lower your calories."

“Babysteps do make a difference,” she says. “Consistent small changes are life-changing”

Wow. Isn’t that crazy? What size plate do you eat on? Would you consider switching over to a smaller one? And do you see the connection between the size of your plate and the size of your waist?

PS: Added bonus if you decide to buy these plates: A portion of proceeds from the sale will go towards some worth charitable causes. You can read more about them here .

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeysox/ / CC BY-ND 2.0
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