The holiday season is a seemingly endless parade of feasts and treats. If you're watching your weight, you may want to consider the research findings of Koert van Ittersum, associate professor of marketing in Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Ittersum has conducted numerous studies validating techniques that could help you avoid adding "lose weight" to your list of New Year's resolutions.
If you want control your portion size, use smaller china and serving spoons. While 4 ounces of food on an 8-ounce plate might look like a good helping, 4 ounces on a 10-ounce plate could seem skimpy.
The color contrast between dinnerware and what's placed on top can also affect how much we serve ourselves and consume. Instead of scooping vanilla ice cream into a white bowl, you'd do better by your diet to pick a different color dish.
Also you'll drink less with a tall glass. People, even bartenders, pour more alcohol into short tumblers than highball glasses. So either use tall glasses or ones with alcohol-level marks etched on them as is done in some European countries.
Finally the more relaxed the environment, the less a person tends to eat. Use tablecloths or nice placemats. Turn off the TV. Flip on the radio and play soft music. Relax and enjoy your food and the people at the table.
Read more about Professor van Ittersum's research. Happy holidays and careful eating!
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