- I like what it says. I really like the way that the more cutting edge advice in food choices is becoming pretty simple and common sensical: focus on eating real foods that have real nutrition. I am obviously biased as this is what PointsPlus is all about, and it reflects the way I eat (or at least aspire to) these days.
- I like how it says it. Call me odd, but I have never had occasion to serve my food on a serving dish laid out like a pyramid. I've known about the food pyramid since its introduction almost 20 years ago, and it never once has caused me to re-think how I eat. The plate on the other hand is something I definitely relate to. Visualizing what I'm putting on my plate makes a lot of sense to me. I also really like the basic message of filling half my plate with fruits and vegetables. Nothing like a simple message to penetrate the severe bone density of my skull.
|I'm assuming that the Lego disciples were able to |
make do with little Lego plates
- Experiment #1: At an ice cream social (the opposite of a Weight Watchers meeting), the researchers gave their test subjects either 17 oz bowls or 34 oz bowls. Those who were given the larger bowls served themselves up 31% more ice cream. When given a larger scoop to go with their great big bowl, they served up 57% more ice cream.
- Experiment #2: Test subjects served a medium-sized hamburger on a smaller plate (a saucer) estimated their burger to have 18% more calories than when it was served on a regulation-sized plate.
- Appetizers can be pleasant surprises. I was recently at a lunch where I was on stage (in fact, being grilled -- pardon the pun) with a bunch of Wall St types. They were at the lunch to hear about what we were up to, so that meant it was time for me to talk. As a result, I didn't bother ordering a main dish, but instead I asked for an appetizer serving of tuna tartar. It was a nice serving size, but was clearly an appetizer. That said, it did look more impressive on its smaller dish. Combine this with my having to talk non-stop, and I ended up feeling pretty satisfied after lunch and wasn't hungry again until dinner. Moral of the story? Talk more and order smaller sizes.
- I am not wired for empty plates. It's the soon-to-be-starving, fight-or-flee caveman that lives inside my stomach that disallows me from doing anything other than cramming food on my plate. My choice is either to fight this urge or simply to use a smaller plate. The latter seems much easier than relying on will power. Moral of the story? Use salad plates.