Outsmart Your Eating Instincts

Eat dinner on dessert plates.

Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Large plates cause an optical illusion, making us think we have less food than we really do. A Cornell study found that people eat a full 25 percent more when they eat off a larger plate. Instead, swap out your large plates for smaller ones (max 10 inch) or serve dinner on dessert plates. An easy trick for a trimmer dinner!

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