'Why Am I Fat?'
8 reasons you may be eating too much.
7. Not-So-Dainty Dishware
Researchers have found that we tend to eat more when we're served from
larger containers. Wansink and colleagues found that when students were given
food in larger bowls, they served themselves 53% more and consumed 56% more
than those who used smaller bowls.
When you use smaller bowls, plates, spoons, and cups, you won't feel
deprived because the food will look more plentiful, Wansink says. Daintier
dishware and smaller utensils can also help slow your eating.
8. Too Much Variety
A buffet restaurant can be a dieter's nightmare. Too many choices encourages
having a taste (or more) of everything, and before you know it, your plate
runneth over. "Too much variety on your plate at one meal can often mean too
much food overall," says Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, director of nutrition at Washington University and past president of
the American Dietetic Association.
So use variety to help meet your nutritional needs, but concentrate on the
right foods. Eating a variety of foods is great, as long as the foods are low
in calories and rich in nutrients -- like fruits, beans, vegetables, broth
soups, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.