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Changing dinner plate colors could affect weight loss

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Dinner color and weight loss

The battle to lose weight has moved into the territory of dinner plate colors, and a new study supports the idea that the colors play an important part in consumption. Research published in the journal Appetite reveals that the color of your plates directly influence how much is consumed during a meal.

Plate colors matter for diets

People on a diet have sometimes heard that the size of their plates will affect portion control, so they switch to smaller dinnerware to combat this. However, there is another important aspect that needs to be considered at mealtime. The color of the plates you are using is affecting how much you eat.

Using red plates for weight loss

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Researchers learned that red plates are the most effective at curbing overeating and discouraging people from piling on too much food on their dinnerware. The researchers used blue and white plates as controls, but they quickly learned that any type of food placed on a red plate would be consumed less. The shape, color, taste or scent of the food did not seem to matter because the plate color was the most important.

The results of this study may encourage some people to change the plates in their kitchens to red as they focus on weight loss. However, researchers caution that more information is needed about the impact of color on diet before people go through the trouble of replacing all of their plates. The response to color can be complicated, and not everyone is affected the same way.

Changing habits

A commitment to weight loss requires more than changing the color of your dinner plates, so it is important to discuss diet and exercise plans with medical professionals. This may not stop people from shopping for new red plates, and testing the study ideas in their own kitchens.

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