It’s the new year, and the holidays may have added a few inches to some folks’ waistlines. Whether it’s signing up for a new gym membership or going on a diet, many of us are looking for ways to shed off those excess pounds.
Eating at home is good for our waistline and our wallet, and an organized kitchen can encourage us to do so more often. Here are a few tips that are simple and easy to implement!
Keep Food in the Kitchen Only
Say goodbye to that cookie jar in the living room or that candy box under your desk! According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, subjects who were obese were more likely to have food stored beyond the kitchen.
Place Fruit on the Counter
According to this study published in Health Education and Behavior, people who stored healthy food or fruit on their counters generally had a lower BMI, a measure of body mass in relation to height and weight. Whenever you feel like snacking, you’ll be more inclined to grab the fruit because it’s easily accessible.
Keep Unhealthy Food Out of Sight
Or, even better, completely rid your home of them! According to a study published in Appetite, people who placed candy on their desk ate three times as much candy as volunteers who hid candy containers in their offices, and nearly six times more than people who had to walk to get to the candy.
Prepare an Emergency Stash of Healthy Food
It’s great to have a batch of fruits, vegetables, and proteins on hand. However, if you’re a couple of days late with the weekly grocery run, you’re going to want to go to your emergency supply for a healthy meal. Store in the pantry some canned beans, seeds, nuts and quinoa, and keep frozen veggies and fruit in the freezer.
Play Some Soft Tunes
According to this study published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, playing soft tunes while you cook and eat may help you feel relaxed and more conscious of what you’re eating.
Use Measuring Tools for Portion Control
By using measuring cups and spoons, you’re more conscious of your portions and this will help you from overeating. One set should be enough, but feel free to get more should you ever feel the need. Keep measuring cups and spoons in your food items’ containers for easy accessibility.