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Food Placement In Refrigerators Could Change Your Weight

August 8, 2011

A researcher from Cornell University has found that putting healthy foods at eye level in the fridge could help you lose weight because you eat what you see first.

Changes like moving chocolate out of sight and putting more wholesome foods where they can be seen helps dieters eat better without even realizing they are doing it.

According to the researchers, serving food on smaller plates and eating in the kitchen or dining room rather than in front of the television can help someone subconsciously reduce the amount they eat without testing your willpower.

Dr. Brian Wansink said while addressing the American Psychological Association on Friday that when someone’s mind is on other things they eat what is in front of them whether they are hungry or not.

Studies have found that avoiding “hidden eating traps” like junk food, and having meals at the table where we are more aware how much is being eaten can help lose up to 2 pounds a month.

One experiment at Cornell University found that people pour 37 percent more liquid into short, wide tumblers than tall, thin glasses.

Another test found that those with the “bottomless bowls” ate 73 percent more without realizing it.

Dr Wansink said in his book “Mindless Eating:  Why We Eat More Than We Think”: “Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat, and then ask ourselves if we’re full. The secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you.”

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