We've seen portion control plates before, but they've never been so discreet as this new set from Slim & Sage. (We actually featured one a few years ago that proclaimed "The Diet Plate" right on the rim!)
These plates are so pretty, they're featured in the July issue of Coastal Living magazine and there isn't any mention of the science behind them.
The 9-inch size is based on the theory that people who use smaller plates eat less food. Research shows that we tend to pile food onto our plates until they're full - and the average these days is about 12 inches.
But you also can use the porcelain plate's graphic design as a guideline for taking sensible portions. It's divided into quarters; use two for vegetables, one for lean meat and the other for whole grains.
And to take it a step further, Slim & Sage is donating 2 percent of the profits from the sale of the plates to child obesity research.
The plates are available at slimandsage.com, neimanmarcus.com and horchow.com; $99 for a set of four.