Thursday, April 14, 2011

Could your home be making you fat? 8 tips fr little things around the house

Could your house be sabotaging your weight loss? Believe it or not little things besides the obvious over eating and forgetting to work out could be sabotaging your weight loss, so how can you keep your house from keeping you at a weight you dont like? Check out these 8 little fun tips!

1. Let in the Light
Dark environments are more likely to foster binge eating, say researchers at the University of California--Irvine. Basically we are less inhibited and less self-conscious and are more likely to plow through that bag of potato chips if we are in a dark environment, so turn on the lights, open some curtains, let thats spring sunshine fill out homes!

2. Pay attention to the clock and slow down the eating
People who eat slowly tend to consume about 70 fewer calories per meal than those who plow through their meals, Jackson Blatner says—a savings that could amount to 200 calories a day. Often, she says, people are surprised to learn how quickly they finish eating. Begin keeping track of the time, and try to make dinner last at least 30 minutes. And while you're at it, actually sit down to eat. Grazing while standing can lead to overeating. Do NOT eat in front of the TV, people who eat in front of the TV tend to eat faster, and eat more, instead sit at the table and listen to some nice calming music.

3.Turn down the heat
Keeping your home too warm could be making you fat, suggests a recent study published in Obesity Reviews. It has been found that you burn more calories when they have to keep them self heated, instead of being heated by the thermostat. Dont make it uncomfortable but a few degrees cooler could make a difference

4. Down size the dishes
"Big serving bowls and plates can easily make us fat," says food psychologist Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. This goes for plates as well as glasses, people tend to fill up short fat glasses more that tall thin glasses that hold the same amount of liquid. Also people will eat smaller servings if the plate is smaller, so go small not huge!

5. Store Food Strategically
Your more likely to eat it if its there in site, so store food accordingly that means keeping fruit, vegetables, and other nutritious options on eye-level shelves in the fridge, and putting those not so good for you treats out of site like in the drawers of the fridge. The rule extends beyond the refrigerator: Moving a candy dish six feet away from where someone was sitting, one of Wansink's experiments showed, reduced the average number of calories the person consumed from 225 to 100.

6.Color yourself Thin
There's a reason McDonald's bombards costumers with yellow and red: Research suggests these colors fuel our appetites. In one study, people who dined in a blue room consumed 33 percent less than those in a yellow or red room, according to a report published in Contract, an interior design magazine. Researchers speculate that warm shades like yellow make food appear more appetizing, while blue hues temper our hunger. When it's time to repaint, go blue—or at least opt for navy silverware and dish sets.

7. Take the Mirror off the wall
Whatever you do dont exercise in front of a mirror! Mirrors can make you feel less energized, relaxed, positive, and upbeat when you exercise in front of them so limit mirrors to areas where they're absolutely necessary.

8. Bring on the Smell Goods
Research suggests that certain aromas can make your waistline as happy as your nose. Jasmine, for example, increases alertness, which in turn ups the likelihood of exercising. Lavender helps you snooze more soundly—no small matter, since sleep deprivation can cause weight gain. And consider lighting green apple or peppermint candles; those scents are thought to suppress appetite. One study, for example, found that people who got a whiff of peppermint every two hours ate 2,700 fewer calories each week than they typically did.

A big thanks to Yahoo for the fabulous info! Hopefully it helps you, even if your not trying to lose weight some of this stuff is great just for every day happiness.


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