An easy way to reduce your energy intake/calorie consumption is to reduce the size of your plate.
Over the past 20 years, the average Australian plate size has grown from 23 cm in diameter to a whopping 28 cm. While a lot of the increasing plate size can be attributed to creating visually appealing dishes which only occupy a small part of the plate surface area and are more aesthetically pleasing.
While the principal of having elegantly presented meals in a restaurant is very appealing, it has led to the gradual increase in the size of the plate. Now when you go out to a restaurant the large plates can be up to 31 cm, which in turn leads to a greater surface area for the food to be distributed on.
Most fine dining restaurants will still have a massive area of white being visualable when presenting their dishes but the humble pub meal has been supersized. When you get your typical pub meal served on a larger plate, I have found that any white plate surface is filled with chips and salad.
Back to the consumer, this has led to the purchasing of these lovely plain white plates as used in the hospitality industry, however unlike the restaurants, we tend to feel entire available space with food.
Like many children, me included, we were taught to eat everything on our plate which is great as a little kid unfortunately this behavior transfers over into adult hood. So when we go out and buy these 28 to 31 cm plates, will tend to fill the entire surface area with the contents of whatever we’re cooking. In turn will lead the entire contents of the plate being filled which leads to the increase in consumption.
It’s interesting the change of oiur eating habits over the centuries. Harking back to the Roman period, people in the banquet situation would choose from dishes and place a small portion on their serving plate.
Even in the Victorian Area, the plates size was a more modest size, maybe guestamating at under 23cm when comparing the saucer size of the APC Flinders range compared to the Victorian era..
As you can see from the images the plate size was quite small when compared to the current Godzilla size of plates.
One Australian Company, AFC-Flinders has an assortment of plates. Their standard dinner plates from 16.5 cm through 31.2 cm.
While the range of plates are primarily catering to the hospitality market, the larger plate ranges are available to the general public.
An easy way to reducing calorie intake is to reduce your plate size, maybe try 23 cm which is more than adequate to provide the necessary food for healthy adult.