I don’t often give getting slim tips because I don’t recommend weight loss in general but rather a lifestyle change that you can comfortably live with forever. But I am a big fan of Brian Wansink, PhD. who is the Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He has written a several books and one of my favorites was Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.
His latest, Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions, is another excellent book. So I wanted to share just a few tips with you today. But go out and buy his book for many more insights.
- Pre-plate your main dish from the stove or counter. Don’t put serving bowls/plates on your table. The exception is a big salad bowl.
- Use dinner plates 9-10″ in size. Most of our dinner plates cause us to consume much more than we need.
- Serve your salad and veggies first.
- Keep your kitchen counters organized. His research has shown that messy counters cause you to eat 44% more snack food.
- Keep pre-cut fruit and veggies on the middle shelf of your fridge. You are more likely to see and eat it.
- The only food on your counter should be a bowl of fruit. You will be more likely to eat it. Women who had even one box of cereal visible weighed an average of 21lbs. more than those who didn’t have any visible.
- Keep all snack foods in one inconvenient cupboard. If they are not easy to get to and you don’t see them (out of sight, out of mind) , you’ll be less likely to be triggered.
- Keep at least 6 servings of lean protein in your fridge (eggs, yogurt, string cheese, cooked chicken, etc.) Protein is important to keep you full and satisfied.
- Eat at a table with no TV. Eating distracted causes mindless eating.