Easy Kitchen Hacks to Help You Slim Down
"Slim by willpower can be wimpy and has to last a lifetime," says Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab. "Slim by design is forever."
That's the central idea behind Wansink's latest book, Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. Having studied eating behavior of Americans for the past 25 years, Wansink recommends taking a new look at your kitchen to help boost your chances for weight loss success. Here are a few of his top tips.
- Clear your countertops. Wansink's research revealed that people ate 44 percent more of their snack food in cluttered kitchens than in organized, clutter-free kitchens.
- Make your kitchen less lounge-worthy. It stands to reason that the more time you spend in your kitchen, the more you'll likely eat. Move comfy chairs to the living room instead and clear your kitchen of items like television sets, computers, books, magazines and other items that tempt you to linger.
- Rearrange your pantry, refrigerator and cupboards. Move healthier foods forward to more visible spots and push less healthy options back into less visible spots that are harder to access. Two separate studies back up this idea. In one, participants who moved fruits and vegetables from refrigerator crisper bins to the top shelves and less healthy foods into the crispers reported eating three times more fruits and vegetables after a week than they had eaten in the week before. In another, researchers found that women who kept items like boxes of cereal in plain view, such as on a counter top, weighed an average 21 pounds heavier than those who kept foods hidden away.
- Hide larger serving bowls and spoons and make more use of smaller ones. In one study, participants ate 54 more ice cream from bigger bowls and spoons than they did from smaller ones. In another, children ate 42 percent more cereal from a 24-ounce cereal bowl than they did from a 12-ounce bowl.
- Serve meals straight from the stovetop or countertop rather than from the dining table to help you eat up to 19 percent less food. When at the table, food is in easy reach, plus you're likely to linger, especially when conversing with others. Both are sure to lead to overeating.
For more proven tips and guidance, meet with a weight loss specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center. We can develop a custom plan just for you. Call 800-501-8090 to find a location in your area.
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