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    Saturday, November 03, 2012 7:36 pm Email this article

    ​Order #2 of the Eight Doctor’s Orders, i.e. "use smaller, dark-colored plates", is particularly effective since it requires little effort and no willpower. I got the idea from a study I read in March. A message on my cell phone led me to an article in the Huffington Post, and from there I found the actual study. Unfortunately I have now lost the reference. If anyone knows it, I’d like to have it.

    The study implied that everyone eats more from a white-colored plate and LESS from a dark-colored plate. Even if you are told about this in advance, it still fools you. Many of my patients have asked me why the trick works. I told them I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter as long as it does work.

    But consider this. The majority of the medium-fat women who come to my office, dress in black, knowing that black dress makes them look thinner. Sometimes my waiting room looks like a funeral. Everyone in black.

    And consider this common optical illusion.

    The white square looks bigger, even though in reality the two squares are the same size. Thus I believe the food on a dark plate looks bigger than it is. As a result, people automatically eat less from a dark plate.

    In the study, black, green and burgundy solid-color plates were used. Color didn’t matter, only darkness. You will ask me whether a pattern or dark design works. I don’t know; only solid colors were studied. You will ask me if the trick works with bowls. I don’t know. Only plates were studied. Anyway, there are few things that fat people eat from a bowl. Popcorn is the only thing that comes to mind.

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