Will seeing red help you lose weight?

red plate choc chip cookies

As the holidays roll around, some of us can’t wait to pile our plates with cookies, candy and family favorites.

But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by seasonal excess, try focusing on the color red. According to a new study, people tend to eat — or use — less of things presented on red dishes, whether it’s chocolate or hand cream.

Previously, scientists found diners at a pasta buffet heaped the marinara on if they used white plates, but took smaller helpings if their plates were red. They did the opposite when the pasta had a white sauce. So researchers thought the key to eating less might be sharp color contrasts.

But the new study, published in the journal Appetite this month, indicates it’s not contrast, but one specific color — red — that causes people to cut back on what they consume.

Read the rest at CNN.com.

Photo by Flickr user Nina Mathews

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