When I first started Weight Watchers back in 2001, I remember laughing at one of the things the leader said: “Eat all of your meals off of a luncheon plate. It’ll trick you into thinking you’re eating more.” Yeah, right, I thought. Plus, I was living at home and had no chance of requesting special china at dinnertime. I continued to eat off of normal plates.
In the fall of 2002, I got married and my husband expressed a desire to start losing weight. I decided to try the trick on him – he always goes back for seconds, so I thought it would be a good way to maybe help him control his portions. We started eating off of luncheon plates, and lo and behold, my leader had been right … I am much more satisfied when I feel like I’ve eaten a full plate’s worth of food.
I know that sounds really dumb, but it just goes to show, a lot of weight loss is in our heads. My mom and I were just talking the other day about the fact that she feels as though I eat “almost nothing” – I was trying to explain to her that a serving size of meat is about 3 ounces and NOT the 6-8 ounce breast of chicken she often tries to force-feed me. She grew up “knowing” that a serving of meat was a breast of chicken, or a t-bone steak, or a big old slice from the roast. Being a meat lover, she accepted this as gospel and has trouble thinking otherwise. Me being not so much a meat lover, I’m happy eating 2 ounces and getting my protein from nuts and yogurt.
Mom also has trouble with her weight. She ALSO has trouble eating off of luncheon plates – “they aren’t dinner plates,” she’ll tell me. Nope, but they’ve helped me all the same … I’d bet they’d help her if she’d just let go of the mindset that they’re just for lunch and cake. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
EDIT [05/19/09]: Someone asked if I’d post a picture of the difference between the plates … no problem! In general, a dinner plate is about 11-12″, while a luncheon plate is about 9″. If you were to buy a full place setting, the luncheon plate would be the smaller one. The following photo is from www.pier1.com, one of my favorite places!!