When trying to lose weight, people tend to focus on diet and exercise, but have you considered your environment? A recent Prevention magazine article breaks down the science on why a clean, organized home can help boost your weight loss results, and gives five helpful tips on that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
- Cut out the clutter.
A recent study has found that “stressful and chaotic food environments” lead people to reach for high-calorie snacks. “If you can’t control a mess, you begin to doubt your ability to control your eating. It gives you mental permission to overeat and eat mindlessly,” says Dafna Chazin, RDN, a registered dietitian. Try keeping your kitchen tidy and inviting so you’ll want to make yourself a healthy snack instead of reaching for a fast, high-calorie boxed treat.
- Clean out the fridge.
Remove all items that are expired or lack nutrients and restock your fridge only with healthy foods. Place the foods you expect to eat frequently front and center, as close to eye level as possible, so you reach for them first.
- Clean off your counters.
A cluttered counter is counterproductive to your meal prepping. Just one look at the mess will surely have you making excuses to do anything but prep healthy meals. Get rid of cookie jars and appliances you don’t use, and replace them with a high-quality cutting board, measuring cups, and a kitchen scale, all of which are essential materials that will help you lose weight.
- Tackle the freezer.
Most people pack their freezers full of containers and leftovers they’ve long forgotten about, or bags of fruits and vegetables that have been there forever. Just as you did with the fridge, remove all old and unhealthy foods and restock your freezer with healthy items, such as bags of veggies you can easily steam in the microwave, vitamin-rich soups, and low-fat meats.
- Simplify your snacks.
Get rid of unhealthy snacks like cookies and ice cream and replace them with nuts and other healthy options. Remember to also organize your serving methods to limit how much of a snack you consume at a time. For example, pre-portion bite-size snacks, like nuts, should be organized in single serving bags. If you use a big container to store your snacks, be sure to use a measuring cup that relates to the serving size on the nutrition label to ensure you eat the right amount.
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