Could your house be making you fat?
By Brittany Anas
Could your house be making you fat? Don’t go blaming your living room entirely for tipping the scale to an unfavorable number — but, yes, your home (particularly its set up) could be standing in the way between you and your weight loss goals.
Here’s how a little re-organizing and de-cluttering can help you eat better and save calories.
Pay attention to your plates: When those mashed potatoes blend in with those white plates, you might actually overindulge in them. A 2012 study that ran in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that people tend to eat more when the food matches their plates. The solution? Buy contrasting plates. (Or ones that blend in with your veggies). Find serving ware at Kohl’s, where you’ll find new plates and dinnerware. A perfect plate color? This light, earthy blue salad plate from Bobby Flay is perfect-o. We can’t think of too many foods that are a blue-gray, plus it’s such a pretty color. (Get 3.5 percent Cash Back at Kohl’s when you buy through ShopAtHome.com).
Other table tips? Keep the salad and veggies on the table — and the starches and meat off to the side. Also, try serving dinner on smaller plates. If you keep a pitcher of water on the table, you’ll be more likely to drink more and reach your 8 glasses-a-day goal.
Keep healthy foods visible: We’re snap decision makers, friends. So, when you open up the pantry — you’re most likely to grab what’s in front of you. Trick your snack-hungry stomach by putting healthy snacks at eye level and in the front and hiding those cookies in the back.
Get rid of your fat clothes: Out of sight, out of mind as the old saying goes. Those pants that are too big and that shirt that looks like you’re swimming in it? Donate them to charity. If you keep them in your closet, it’s like you’re doubting yourself — hedging your weight loss bets — and believing you’ll gain the pounds back.
Stop eating in your bedroom or on the couch: Create “no eating” zones in your home. Actually, it’s best to limit eating to the kitchen. Clarification: Just the table in your kitchen. When you eat while watching television or your kids snack while playing video games — you lose track of how much your eating and are much more likely to overeat. Even worse, you begin to associate those places with snacking — which creates bad habits.
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