When you’re struggling to lose the pounds, a strict diet might seem the obvious solution.
But a simple change of crockery could see you eating less without even realising it.
Experts have designed a plate with crinkles that trick dieters into eating less.
Health experts have now designed a plate with crinkles that trick dieters into eating less (pictured)
The ridges reduce the volume of food on the plate – but when viewed from above it looks like a normal-sized meal. The design was unveiled at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal.
The crinkly dish’s Latvian inventor Nauris Cinovics, who is about to launch clinical trials, said his method relies on deception, adding: ‘If you make the plate three-dimensional with ridges and troughs, it actually looks like there is the same amount of food as on a normal plate – but there is less of it.’
Mr Cinovics, of the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga, said the waves in the surface of the plate also slow down the speed at which people eat, because it is tricky to scrape food from between the ridges.
Professor Theresa Marteau, of the behaviour and health research unit at Cambridge University, said: ‘This plate reduces capacity but without a corresponding change in the perceived amount of food on the plate.’
The ridges reduce the volume of food on the plate – but when viewed from above it looks like a normal-sized meal (pictured)