5 Ways To Fat Proof Your Home

healthy kitchen dietThat’s right! Your home needs to go on a diet. I’ve seen it too many times: your environment could one of the biggest saboteurs in your new healthy living and exercising lifestyle. We bump against all kinds of temptations every day and changing our living space to reflect our new lifestyle is essential.

Leading behavioral economist and food psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink’s new book “Slim by Design” helps people understand the psychology behind making a positive change and how to re-imagine our spaces to change our lives. Dr. Wansink says that the most natural way to reverse weight gain is to work with human nature, not to fight it. He says that his book is not telling people what to do; it simply encourages them to make the right decisions that would lead to weight loss.

5 simple tips on how to fat proof your home

1. Keep most food out of direct sight.

That means no chips, nuts and candy in plain sight. That’s right, put those temptations away. Dr. Wansink says that women who kept chips on the counter weighed 8 pounds more than those who didn’t buy chips or hid them in the pantry. And those who had even one breakfast cereal bowl visible anywhere weighed 21 pounds more! If you have “bad” stuff at home, hide It behind the good stuff because you are three times more likely to eat the first food you see than the fifth.

2. Display veggies and fruit on the counter.

Dr. Wansink says that placing fruits and veggies on the counter doubles the amount of fresh produce we eat. “Make it a rule that it’s the only thing allowed on there,
says Wansink. He recommends placing your fresh fruit and veggies within two feet of a heavily traveled pathway so it’s easy to grab an apple or orange instead of a candy bar.

3. Invest in small dishes.

The bigger the glasses and dishes you have your home, the bigger you are. Dr. Wansink says that his research showed that people who eat ice cream with a 3-ounce spoon eat 14% more ice cream than those with a 2-ounce spoon. Same goes for wine; 5 ounces in a large glass may feel like a sip. Make sure your plates are no bigger than 10 inches in diameter versus 12 inches in standard American kitchens.

diet refrigerator4. Organize food in your fridge

It’s not enough to make sure you have healthy food in your fridge. What matters most is how it’s displayed. Dr. Wansink’s advises to keep precut fruits and veggies in clear containers in the middle of the fridge and at eye level so you consider eating them every time you open the door. Studies show that moving the veggie crisper higher causes you to eat more of the good stuff, too. Plus, it always best to have high protein food and snacks such as sliced turkey, tuna or chicken breast within easy reach.
When it comes to storing leftover Chinese, wrap it in foil or put it in an opaque container so you’re not constantly reminded that it would make a delicious snack.

5. Plan and pack your meals

Wansink and his team found that planning and preparing your meals in advance reduced overeating. Also, placing cut-up fruit in small bags encourages people to up their fruit consumption, as opposed to when they were offered whole fruit. When it comes to dinner, plate your meal, don’t put food in the middle of the table because you are prone to eat seconds and thirds.

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