Nutritionists and doctors often suggest that dieters eyeball portion sizes, with a serving of lean protein equal to deck of cards equal or the palm of the hand equal. While this method works in theory, it makes it too easy for some people to over-estimate, cheat, or forget. Others suggest that dieters use a smaller plate. This can help dieters eat less overall, but it does little to ensure that they are eating the proper amounts of each food.
The makers of portion control plates take the guesswork out of portion control. They realize that people are visual-- and emotional-- creatures, and diet plates appeal to both sides. The plates are smaller than traditional plates, allowing the eye to think it's seeing more food than it actually is. True portion control plates are also divided, allowing dieters to see at a glance just how much of each food they should be eating. Actual divisions vary depending on the diet or dietary guidelines being addressed. Healthy Plates, for example, follow the eating recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services and divide the plates into three sections: 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 lean protein.
Healthy Plates portion control plates are the perfect tool in determining portions based on the recommended serving size set by the USDA. Our decorative designs allow you to enjoy healthy portions without eating off a plastic or clinical looking plate. Each plate section is divided by beautiful hand created artwork, which transforms these plates into much more than a portion plate used for dietary purposes only, they're a great confidence booster to anyone on a weight program. Portion control plates are great for the entire family and are available in 3 designs, our original, The Healthy Plate, Leaf Plate and Daisy Plate.
msnbc.com What it claims to do: According to the Web site, the Diet Plate system is the world's first, original portion control method of weight management – and with it, you'll avoid all the guesswork of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet whilst losing weight (as you might have guessed by that whilst, the company is in England). The Diet Plate weight management system does this by providing you with visual management of your daily intake of food. In other words, the 11-inch plate and the accompanying Calibrated Breakfast Bowl are cluttered with visual clues (illustrations of food, tape measures, arrows, circles, etc.) that tell you how much you should eat of what. Diet Plates come in three sizes – male, female and child (this last has a wizard motif) – and are microwave and dishwasher safe.