Want to lose weight? Grab a bigger fork…

You’d think the larger our fork the more food we can fit into our mouths, but according to new research into how bite sizes affect how much we eat, the bigger the fork the less we consume.

Researchers Arul and Himanshu Mishra and Tamara Masters from the University of Utah conducted a study in a popular Italian restaurant using two sets of forks – the larger holding 20 per cent more food than the average size utensil.

Over the course of two days the researchers randomly selected tables to receive either unusually large forks or smaller forks. They weighed each plate of food before it went out to each customer.

At the end of the meal the plates were weighed again with findings suggesting that those who used the bigger forks ate less of their food than those using the smaller.

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