Does portion control really work?   My sister read about Mesü bowls, which help you eat food in the right portions. So she bought a set and has been eating only out of those. But I’m skeptical—what’s to stop me from going back for seconds?

That’s an excellent question! A report in the journal Psychological Science reveals that the brain can be “tricked” into eating less. When researchers offered two groups of subjects unlimited snacks in one of two portion sizes (such as a small scoop versus a large scoop of M&M’s), they ate the same number of portions, regardless of size. So when a portion simply looks like a lot, the brain is satisfied. This is why using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate, or using small bowls like Mesü Bowls (available at Mesu.US), helps people feel full on less food and drop pounds effortlessly.

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