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The Diet Plate: Cool or Not?

When it comes to food, portion control is a struggle that prevents a lot of people from achieving a healthy weight. There are everyday visuals to use as an aid for measuring a proper portion, like your own hands, but some people require more straightforward guidelines.

Enter The Diet Plate ($23), a plate that partitions sections for various types of food like protein, starchy carbohydrates, vegetables, cheese, sauces, etc. The plate is rimmed with affirmations like "you can do it" and "diet with a friend." The dinnerware comes in a female and a male version, and there's a bowl that serves the same portion control purpose.

I appreciate the easy visual this plate provides for those who need help controlling their portions, and can see how it would help teach someone how to eyeball portions when using other dinnerware. However, I'm not keen on the use of the word diet — portion control is not dieting. With this mentality, someone who loses weight by eating appropriate portions may revert to oversized portions after they no longer need to "diet." It creates a vicious cycle. What do you think of The Diet Plate, is it cool or not?

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