Here's another diet tip for those of us struggling with those pesky New Year's weight-loss resolutions: pay attention to how you serve your food.
A number of studies have shown the importance of the eating environment – including size and color of dishes and whether or not the eater is engaged in non-eating activities like reading or watching TV.
In one recent study, European researchers found that hot chocolate tastes better in an orange or cream-colored cup than in a red or white one. Other studies have shown that people who eat off smaller plates generally eat less.
Paying attention to what you eat helps as well. Rather than shoveling down food, you should savor every bite. Eat slowly – that way your brain has time to realize that you are full and you should eat less.
I'm especially intrigued by new dinnerware that is divided into parts that match current federal nutrition guidelines for protein, whole grains and vegetables. Portion control is critical and these dishes make it a little easier.
For more diet tips, check out the Mindless Eating website.