When you think about weight loss you will probably think about food and exercise as the main contributors. However, there are plenty of other things that can have an impact.
Take for example your kitchen, how everything is organised can affect your appetite, both in good and bad ways.
Read on to learn some tips that will help you to organise your kitchen for weight loss.
#1: De-clutter those worktops
Do you store food on your worktops? If you do then you will be more likely to eat these foods.
Remember the saying “out of sight, out of mind”, well this applies here.
In a study published in the Journal Health Education and Behavior, researchers looked at more than 200 kitchens.
They discovered that those who left cereal out on the worktops weighed 20 pounds more than those who didn’t. Those who left soft drinks out weighed 24-26 pounds more.
#2: Beware those cute utensils
If you have any cute utensils then I suggest that you give them to your local charity shop as they could be inadvertently causing you to gain weight.
The problem is that these utensils can cause you to let your guard down when it comes to temptation.
In a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, those who used a doll-shaped ice cream scooper put 22% more ice-cream in their bowls.
#3: Put healthy foods on show
On the whole people are a little lazy and will eat whatever is closest to hand. Therefore it makes sense that if you want to eat healthily you should put healthy foods on show rather than unhealthy ones.
In a study at Cornell University those who had to walk 6 feet to get some chocolate ate half the amount of those that had the chocolate right in front of them.
#4: Use smaller dishes
If you want to eat less then it makes sense to use smaller dishes, right?
There has been plenty of research on this subject with most studies showing this belief to be true.
For example, in a study published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology those who ate from a 7-inch plate ate 22% less than those who ate from a 10-inch plate.
One thing I would suggest if you use this trick would be to not stack your food up high, as this will defeat the purpose.
#5: Change your glasses
To drink less alcohol and soft drinks (and therefore cut calorie consumption) you could try using a champagne glass rather than a traditional tumbler.
Research from the National Institute of Health has found that bartenders would pour 30% more liquid into tumblers.
#6: Use some mood lighting
Research again from Cornell University has shown that diners who ate with dimmed lighting while soft music is played consumed fewer calories, and were found to enjoy their meals more than those who ate with harsh lighting and loud music.
Colour can also affect your appetite too, with red being shown to reduce your appetite with blue shown to increase it.
#7: Dish out in the kitchen
If you tend to dish your food out from large tureens while at the table then you could be inadvertently adding more calories to your diet than you should.
Research has shown that those who dish out beforehand while in the kitchen were able to cut 20% of their calories.
Another trick you may like to try would be to use smaller serving spoons. Reducing the size from large to regular sized spoons could result in serving sizes 15% smaller.