Monday, August 13, 2012

A Color for the 9 Inch Plate

I read a tidbit today in a magazine that said that not only should you use smaller plates when you eat (9 inch anyone?)  but that the plate should be red.  RED?!  According to the tidbit, research was done and found the you will eat less when using a red plate than you would when using a blue or white plate.

Not only that, but supposedly studies show that if your tablecloth matches your plate you will want to eat less.

So that means that we will eat less eating off a red 9 inch plate on a red tablecloth or place mat.

Isn't that amazing?  Don't you wonder why anyone thought to study this?  

Also, forget those romantic candle lit dinners if you are trying to lose weight.  It seems that studies show that you will eat more by candle light than you will by having the lights on.  (Maybe people just could not tell what they were eating....)

Despite my love of buying things,  I don't think I am ready to test the red plate theory.  I was the doubting Thomas with the 9 inch plate theory and I had to give in and agree with it.

Do you think my orange plates are close enough?  Obviously I will have to give the blue ones to guests and keep them away from Silent Sam and myself.

Beyond thinking of these studies, someone actually pays to have them researched.  Maybe that person will buy me some red plates.... (They would probably like to sell me some red plates.)

Have a great week!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Hmmm, don't they have those red plastic plates? Except, they're huge!
    I do the small plate thing and it helps. I don't think I'm ready for the red tablecloth until Christmas.

    1. I am not sure I am ready for the red plates either. Maybe you eat less because some food would not really look very appealing against the red.

  2. I have dishes in sets, but I love yard sales and our local Hawaii Goodwill stores so much that I have a jumble collection of "orphans." My favorite go-to orphan is (yes, I measured) a 9-incher with ingredients for a healthful salad listed and artfully drawn. How can I resist my greens when they are speaking to me from this plate? Next outing, I will be in search of red-hued orphans, to be sure. Factoid from my Hawaiian language class last night, ancient Hawaiians had over 50 words for distinct shades of red.

    1. I like your idea! I will have to haunt some second hand stores and garage sales.

  3. Does going through life wearing rose colored glasses help?

    1. Great idea! Will you try it and let me know?