A Full Plate Doesn't Have To Mean A Big Plate. The French are able to enjoy meals with several courses because they don't pile up huge plates full of French food. Instead they take their time, eat slowly, and only have small portions. If you find yourself piling your plate to the brim and battling to stop it falling off the edges then this could be the perfect time to buy smaller dinner plates. Simply by reducing the size of your plate a little you can help reduce the amount you eat. It's a psychological trick that will fool your stomach into thinking it's just as full as when you had a bigger plate, but your hips will thank you for it.