Whether we’d like to accept its existence or not, the Freshmen Fifteen is real and it’s ramped amongst kids living with on campus meal plans. Of course, back home we were never used to the buffet-style, “all you can eat” food lines the dining commons generously provide us with. So how are we supposed to protect ourselves from the brunch-induced food comas, the west cookie food baby, or the endless pizza muffin-top? Simple: eat on a dark blue colored plate.
Of course, regular exercise and portion control help us to avoid the dreaded Freshmen Fifteen, but studies have shown that by using a dark blue plate — whether at the dining commons or at home — you are more likely to consume less. Sam Rider from Men’s Fitness states that “eating off a blue plate can cute your calorie intake because the color is a natural appetite suppressant. . .blue makes food look less appealing, possibly because of an instinct to avoid foods that are poisonous or moldy” (Rider, 7). Because we associate blue with foods that have been tainted or expired, we are less likely to finish what we eat on our plate.
So what’s wrong with eating on red or yellow plates? Well, if you look closely to popular fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell, you will notice that their color schemes are mostly composed of bright colors like red, orange and yellow. “We are naturally drawn to red, yellow, and orange in our dining area or restaurants,” states the popular blog iVillage, “because psychologically it stimulates us to want to eat — and eat a lot” (iVillage.com). Studies have shown that the bright colors of McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A encourages us to not only eat more, but to also eat faster. Bright colors remind us of the natural instinct of flight or fight, resulting in a rushed atmosphere. The faster we eat, the less likely we are to feel full. Eating off of blue plates, a color of relaxation and peacefulness, encourages us to eat slower resulting in a sense of fullness sooner.
So what can be done to ensure that there are ways of avoiding the Freshmen Fifteen? Like I mentioned earlier, regular exercise and portion control our vital. In addition, I believe that blue plates should replace the simple white plates offered at the dining commons. Not only will the plates be sporting Penn State colors, but they’ll also help us to avoid adding on a few extra pounds.
“Eat Off of Blue Plates | iVillage.com: 25 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss Results | Comcast.net News.” Eat Off of Blue Plates. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. <http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/news-littlechangesforbigweightloss/>.
“How to lose weight fast.” Men’s Fitness UK. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. <http://www.mensfitness.co.uk/exercises/2174/zero-effort-weight-loss>.