It makes complete sense that using smaller plates helps you consume less calories, but a recent study suggests that the size of your cutlery can also aid weight loss. The study published by the Journal of Consumer Research says using a plus-sized fork encourages you to eat less. I'm laughing at the mental image of someone diving into their tiny plate of food with a humongous fork. Sounds like a clown skit you'd see at a kid's birthday party.
All joking aside, here's how the study went down. Patrons out for a dinner at an Italian restaurant were randomly selected to twirl up their spaghetti and meatballs with a fork that was either 20 percent larger or 20 percent smaller than the restaurant's regular fork. Food plates were weighed before the first bite and after the last, and — get this — researchers discovered that the diners who used big forks ate significantly less. Apparently, using a minisized fork isn't very satisfying, and you feel like you need to keep going back for more since the bites of food are so tiny. On the contrary, when using a huge fork, visually you see more food going into your mouth with each bite, so your body feels more satiated.
I just don't know about this. It reminds me of the Weight Loss Sunglasses that make your food look bluish and unappetizing. Just as I'd feel silly wearing shades while eating, I'd be too embarrassed whipping out a jumbo fork from my over-sized purse. What about you?