A Big Fork, or Home Cooking?
Researchers at the University of Utah supplied unwary restaurant diners at a local Italian restaurant with either a small or a large fork, and then weighed the abandoned plate after each diner finished eating to see how much food was left uneaten. Diners who were given smaller forks ate more of their meal, on average, than those who had been given big forks.
Why would you eat more when using a smaller fork? The researchers explained that people go to restaurants intending to eat a lot (to get their money’s worth?). Shoveling large amounts of food into your mouth with a big fork helps you feel that you are reaching that goal sooner. As good scientists will often do, they then repeated the experiment, in a lab. The results this time around were different: those with the bigger forks ate more. Apparently, people don’t go to laboratories with the same intentions.
So what’s the take-home message? Don’t take any one scientific study too seriously, and don’t rely on a big fork to help you eat less, at least not at home.
To learn more about the study, read the TIME magazine article on eating less with a big fork.
Relevance to Natural Weight Loss:
Weight Loss Tip: Avoid restaurants. Make your own meals. Pay no attention to your fork.