A calibrated, 'portion control' plate can help people with Type 2 diabetes to lose weight, claim researchers.
Canadian researchers put people with Type 2 diabetes on a calorie-controlled diet for six months. On average those who used the plates, which measure out smaller portions of food, lost 1.75 per cent of their body weight, compared to 0.05 per cent in the group who relied on willpower alone.
Lead researcher Dr Sue Pederson said: "The weight-loss results are all the more impressive considering that people with diabetes in general do not respond well to weight-loss programmes."
Tracy Kelly, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK, cautioned: “Cutting down on portion sizes and eating balanced meals will help people control their weight, therefore some people may find this plate useful. However, controlling weight can be achieved effectively without spending extra money.
“Growing rates of obesity are a major cause in the rising numbers of people with Type 2 diabetes - 80 per cent of people with the condition are overweight at diagnosis.
“Eating a healthy balanced diet and taking regular physical activity are the best ways of controlling weight and effectively managing diabetes.
“A healthy balanced diet should be based on carbohydrates and be low in fat, sugar and salt with plenty of fruit and vegetables.”