Your home might be making you fat. Experts have come up with a series of simple solutions for you to employ in order to beat the bulge from within your own home. Little changes can dramatically affect how the human brain reacts to situations and surroundings.
So how is your home making you fat? What can you do about it?
1. Natural Light
The smaller the amount of natural light in a room, the more the body will crave sugar and carbohydrates. Try to make more of the existing windows in the room by opening up the curtains or blinds to their fullest extent. In Summer, eat outside or by an open window.
2. Constant Television Viewing
The TV is a distraction and anything which takes your mind from the process of eating food, can lead to overeating. It takes away from the enjoyment of well made food also. Advertising increases hunger levels whether the body has had enough or not. Leave the television off at meal times and sit at a table instead of slumped on a sofa or bed.
3. The Back Door
Leaving your home via the back door can lead to snacking (if your kitchen is at the back of the house), which in turn leads to weight gain. A scientific study in the United States has shown that people who exit their residence from the back tend to eat 15% more than those who don’t. When possible, use the front door and avoid the kitchen until mealtimes.
4. The Mirror’s Reflection
One of the best ways to gain self-control when eating is to sit in front of a large mirror. If you can see your reflection you are less likely to overeat. Purchase a mirror for your dining room or kitchen if you have problems with excessive eating.
5. Air Fresheners
Some air fresheners and scented candles are made of food-based substances. When these are used, hunger levels can rise. Avoid these types, especially if they contain ingredients or fragrances such as ginger and basil. Try orange and peppermint which can actually suppress hunger.
6. Large Plates, Small Plates
We naturally like to see a plate full of food and tend to eat what is presented whether we need to or not. Exchange larger plates for smaller plates which will still provide the satisfaction of a full plate but will help when loosing weight is a priority.
7. Dining Room Color
Color psychology is an important factor to consider when designing a dining room or kitchen. If you overeat then consider whether your décor might be a deciding influence. Reds, yellows, greens and oranges promote the appetite. Think instead about painting your walls blue or the neutral white, both of which will reduce the desire to eat more.
8. Dim Artificial Light
Candlelit dinners are a wonderfully romantic event but if your aim is to beat the flab then think about raising the light levels. A study by the University of California has shown that we tend to overeat in dim light, including candlelight. Therefore, during mealtimes make sure the room where you eat is brightly lit.
9. Bare Walls
The pictures you have on your walls can also have an effect on your appetite. Images of fruit or vegetables can lead to positive decisions when it comes to what you eat. A painting of a fruit bowl laden with delightful looking fruit will make you more likely to reach for healthy food over the temptations in the biscuit tin.
There are many other factors to take into consideration when designing an room, if you have a problem with weight gain. Your environment is a commonly overlooked influence when it comes to eating. The sub-conscious mind picks up on sometimes very small things which can lead to your appetite increasing. By employing the simple steps noted above, you should see a marked difference in your daily levels of hunger.