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Eat Your Meals on a Sectioned Plate to Lose Weight

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm

If you've been searching for some real weight loss help and hate to count calories, look no farther than your toddler's kiddie plate. A sectioned plate can help you control your portion sizes, resulting in fewer consumed calories.

A recent study from the University of Calgary found that participants who had their meals served on plates and bowls sectioned to mark off portion sizes, lost on average 1.8 percent of their body weight during a six month period. Even more impressive, 17 percent of the study participants were able to lose five percent of their body weight. Researchers say the results are comparable to taking weight loss drugs.

In addition to getting a better grip on what portion sizes should be, sectioned plates help diners better assess the nutritional balances of their food.

While you can buy the special plate used in the study, called The Diet Plate, you can also save money using a regular sectioned plate, such as the Pfaltzgraff Rio Divided Plate. Of course, you could also snatch one from your kids' collection.

Resources:
CBC News
Body + Soul (March 2008)

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