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An easy-to-do weight loss tip from the First Lady – “When it comes to eating, what’s more simple than a plate?” asked Michelle Obama.

Weight Loss Tip – The Plate Size Theory 

The first lady, who has started several initiatives to endorse healthy lifestyle habits for Americans, has a point: When it comes to gauging how well you’re eating, the best place to start is by looking down at what you’re eating off of.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture retired the Food Pyramid and replaced it with a plate icon. The new image was revealed in June 2011.   It basically suggests to fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, a quarter with protein-rich foods like poultry, fish or meat, and the remaining quarter with whole grains. 

TIP: Use a 9” plate rather than a 12” plate for meals, thus reducing your portion size.

Weight Loss Tip – Our Eyes Can Be Deceiving  

People generally look to see how much food fills their plate. In short, the larger the plate, the more food people generally want to put on it. The plate industry has had a growth spurt during the past 50 years. In the 1960’s dinner plates were about 8.5 to 9-inches in diameter and held about 800 calories; by 2009 plate size had grown to 12-inches with the capacity to hold about 1900 calories. 

If your plate doesn’t look full, you may feel deprived and like you haven’t had enough to eat. By choosing a smaller plate, you can fill it completely. A full plate will help you feel like you have plenty to eat and will help you stick to your small plate diet plan. Simply reducing the size of your plate could help you lose 0.2 to 1 lbs. a week.  As you lose weight at a slow and steady pace, it gives you time to adopt your new, healthier dietary habits, and increases your chances of being successful at reaching and maintaining your weight goal.


To Your Total Body Health,



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