The Great Plate Experiment: Week One

The new plates are here!

Week one of the plate downsizing experiment is officially over. We’ve moved the old tired chipped dishes out of our kitchen and are now eating off pristine, white 10-inch plates (9.75-inches actually), just like Brian Wansink recommends. As you may recall, the author of Mindless Eating and his team have done research on plate size and food intake and found that simply reducing your plate size from 12-inches to 10-inches could result in an 18 pound weight loss for the average American. I promised I’d report back in and I’m here to tell you that the results so far are promising.

First of all, I’ve had absolutely no complaints. In fact, my husband is quite delighted that these new-fangled dishes don’t get fiery hot when you put them in the microwave like our old dishes from the 1980s did. I’m not noticing anything spectacular or dramatic (nor did I expect to), but I can say that we’ve had more leftovers than we usually do. I take this to mean that we’re serving ourselves less. This is all about gradual and non-noticeable change and we know those are the kinds of lifestyle changes that tend to last. So far, so good.

Have you changed your plate size? Do tell—what happened?

Take good care,


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