Almost all the time, your weight gain can be attributed to activities that you do mindlessly. It has been observed that just the way your kitchen looks already has something to do with that. Fortunately, just changing your environment will cause you to eat mindlessly less. Here are some ways you can fix your kitchen:
Downsize Your Plates
The bigger your plates are, the more you will eat. We have that constant urge to always fill our plates with whatever we see and most of us have been trained to always finished what you put on your plate. More often than not, it is hard to control yourself with how much you need to serve yourself and this is why you just end up filling yourself with what is available to you.
4 ounces of salad looks like a lot on a 9-inch plate but looks like an appetizer on a 12 inch one. This is because we have been hardwired to think that our plates should always be full before we are satisfied. When you downsize your plates, bowls or other wares, you will end up consuming 22 percent less.
Rearrange Your Kitchen
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer
You can easily see why you are gaining weight based on how you arrange your kitchen. If a quick glance at your kitchen would show you biscuits, cereals and other snacks which are the most likely catalysts for your weight gain, you need to keep them out of reach. Instead, you should keep these unhealthy treats out of sight and display a bowl of fruits or some low carb snacks which you can grab while on the go.
This also applies to how you arrange food in your refrigerator. Keep the tempting treats out of eye level and instead, place them somewhere not as accessible. The key here is, everything unhealthy must be out of sight. While you can have them once in a while, put them away so you can force yourself to reconsider popping that in your mouth.
Do Not Make the Kitchen a Hangout
When you have been cooking a lot, you might have developed that relationship with your kitchen to the point that you are more comfortable in it that you might be in your living room. You might already have that favorite chair, that TV and music, which are not even supposed to be there. Before you know it, you will be hanging out in the kitchen more than you should and snacking on everything that is within reach.
Brian Wansink, author of the book “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life” says in his book that you should “get rid of the TV set, have less comfortable chairs and make any other changes to send people on their way instead of inviting them to stay.” Truly, the kitchen is a place to prepare food so you should keep it that way. After all, there are other parts of your house designed to give you comfort, just as your garage is made for your cars or your bathrooms are not made for recreation either.
Repurpose Your Kitchen
Your kitchen will adapt to what you have been doing in it over the years. You might find that most of your wares are made for preparing all that food which you have always known to induce weight gain, while your salad spinners and bowls are gathering dust somewhere in obscurity. Your kitchen looks the way it does now because it has adapted to what you have been using it for, and if you have been gaining weight, it only means that it needs a revamp.
Applying the same principle of keeping unhealthy food out of sight, you should also do this to kitchen wares. Keep everything you can associate with weight gain somewhere inconvenient, if not totally dispose of them.
Since you are not always on your guard, you might not be aware that you let your environment decide for you most of the time. Your immediate impulse will dictate what you do and what you do not do, so these rearrangement tips can help you. What do you think of this list? Do you have any other tips in mind? Share them with us in the comments below.