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Dishware is destiny, according to new research just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. There exists a plate that has just been scientifically proven to cause weight loss. And it's a mighty cute little piece of pottery to boot.
Hand-painted around the periphery with sections for modest portions of carbohydrates, proteins, cheese, and sauces, it reserves the middle of itself for vegetables.
When properly loaded up, the man's plate holds a total of 800 calories and the woman's plate a total of 650 calories. Not only that, there's a matching cereal bowl painted on the interior with concentric circles; each circle corresponds to 200 calories' worth of various breakfast cereals.
The study, led by Dr. Sue Peterson and her Canadian colleagues, examined 122 people with type 2 diabetes. The researchers gave the special dishware to half the subjects; the other half received dietary assessment and teaching by dietitians, but no new tableware.
By the end of the six-month study, the people who used the special plates had lost an average of 1.8 percent of their body weight, while the controls lost essentially nothing. Even better, 16.9 percent of the plate people lost at least five percent of their body weight (even though most of them were on insulin), compared to only 4.6 percent of the control group. And 26.2 percent were able to decrease their use of diabetes medications, compared to only 10.8 percent of the control group.
In short, the simple use of crockery proved to be as effective a weight loss tool as intervention with weight loss drugs. That's one powerful plate.
(Go to www.thedietplate.com if you'd like one of your own.)
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