New Book Reveals That Size Does Matter When It Comes To Your Diet

Authors Danuta Highet and Roberta Cahn make the case that size matters when it comes to losing weight, in their revolutionary new book, The Dish Diet: Watch Your Plate, Not Your Weight.
June 18, 2012 - PRLog -- Authors and entrepreneurs Danuta Highet and Roberta Cahn make the case that size, specifically your dish size, matters when it comes to losing weight, in their revolutionary new book, The Dish Diet:  Watch Your Plate, Not Your Weight.   The book, just published by Maidin Works, tackles the topic of Americans’ ongoing issues with diet and portion control with a refreshing approach to losing weight and, more importantly, creating healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.  

“The Dish Diet is not just another diet book,” says Highet, a mechanical engineer and self-styled healthy eating advocate, “It doesn’t just give you simple solutions for easy weight loss, it also explains HOW we got here. We can change our behavior patterns when we understand how we developed them in the first place.”

Society influences and ever-increasing portion-sizes over the years have played a huge part in the “super-sizing” of the average American.  In The Dish Diet, Highet and Cahn discuss the impact of the growing portion size – for instance, the growth of the typical dinner plate from 9 inches to 12 inches.  Now you can find out how this seemingly innocent change has expanded our waistlines. Learn how to easily counteract the illusions that alter our perception of “right-sized” portions.

“Bigger dishes lead to bigger portions,” says Cahn, a bio-chemical engineer and healthy-living writer.  “Larger dinner plates alone translate into people unknowingly consuming up to 33% more food today than they did just a few short decades ago.  More calories combined with today’s more sedentary lifestyle, is a recipe for overeating and the many health risks associated with it.”

In a culture where we’re trained from infancy to “clean our plates,” the size of those plates (and bowls, cups and utensils) does matter. The Dish Diet not only talks about “how we got here”, but also offers readers the tools needed  to make simple changes in how we eat, resulting in a healthier life style.

And it does so in a light, informative and entertaining fashion.  In addition to offering a wealth of excellent, usable information and statistics, The Dish Diet is bursting with entertaining anecdotes and practical solutions, complemented by a collection of refreshing original illustrations by budding artist Stephanie Snyder, that add a light-hearted, “easy-read” feel to the serious topic of health and wellness.

“It’s no secret that dieting is one of the all-American pastimes,” says Cahn “and yet being overweight is fast-becoming the norm, not the exception. With all the food choices available today, growing portion sizes may be the biggest stumbling block to healthy eating.” She adds, “Having the right tools at mealtime makes it easier to reach and maintain a healthy weight.”

The American Dietetic Association agrees – stating that you can make a big difference in your calorie intake by just eating smaller portions.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that changing the way you eat can make it easier to eat less without feeling deprived, i.e. use smaller plates. Even the USDA concurs that lifestyle practices that help people maintain a healthy body weight incorporate the right balance of foods and appropriate portion sizes.  What IS the right portion size for you?  Until now there was no guideline that could help you find the answer. The authors give you an easy way to “right-size” your meals.

The Dish Diet focuses on how you eat, not what you eat.  It offers you the information and the tools you need to change your life - from body mass index to daily calorie recommendations – as well as dishware replacement guidelines to easily regulate portion control – automatically.    In other words, The Dish Diet won’t drastically change what you eat (no stocking up on celery and rice cakes) – it will change how you eat and consequently how much you eat.  Eat less, lose weight…period.

“Over the years, the serving sizes and plate sizes have grown bigger as everyone wants more for their money - even if it leads to more inches around their waistlines,” says Highet.  “The Dish Diet offers a simple, effective solution for the whole family - with benefits that can last a lifetime.”  

The Dish Diet:  Watch Your Plate, Not Your Weight book is available online at and
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