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It's Not Just Losing Weight -- It's Regaining Health
Helping Each Other to Help Ourselves
The Washington Post Article 
31st-Jul-2006 09:32 am
Kerry 20s
For those who can't click on it

Some food companies are introducing products in 100-calorie packages, and Geier thinks that could help hold down a person's consumption. He also suspects companies could help by displaying the number of servings per container more prominently on their packaging.

As for what dieters can do on their own, Geier said one of his overweight patients offered a suggestion for restaurant visits: Request that the meal be split in two in the kitchen, with half on the plate and the other half packaged to take home.

In any case, an earlier experiment of Geier's shows that the unit bias effect has its limits.

He had one dining hall at his university provide 10-ounce glasses for soda, and a second provide 16-ounce glasses. He predicted that students at the first hall would drink less soda. In fact, they drank more.

Only later did he find out what went wrong.

"They were taking two glasses at a time," he said. "I guess I went below what is culturally construed as a unit of soda."

Comments 
31st-Jul-2006 01:44 pm (UTC) - There's a trick you can do with pasta, along the same lines
People tend to eat more "long" pasta because more of it fits on the fork. Eating short pasta--where you generally only stab one or two pieces at a time (like penne, rigatoni, radiatorre, etc)--can significantly reduce your intake.


Mmmmm pasta. Now I want noodles.
31st-Jul-2006 01:50 pm (UTC) - Re: There's a trick you can do with pasta, along the same lines
See, and I hate long pasta because it's too messy. :)
31st-Jul-2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Request that the meal be split in two in the kitchen, with half on the plate and the other half packaged to take home.


When I go out to dinner, I try to remember to ask for a to-go box brought out with my meal. Then I put half of whatever I get in the to-go box and eat the other half. I find I'm full and I didn't gorge myself as I tend to do because I have the mentality of "don't waste your food". So now it's out of sight and out of mind and I have lunch for work the next day. :) It really works well...when I remember. :)
31st-Jul-2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
I generally have to watch myself so I don't scream out loud at some of the ridiculous portion sizes I get served at restaurants. Sometimes I see enough for 3 meals.
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