Want to Lose Weight, Improve Your Diet? Start by Changing Your Kitchen

Want to Lose Weight, Improve Your Diet? Start by Changing Your Kitchen

Making small changes in your kitchen can help you win big at weight loss. Here’s how.

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While diet trends seem to change faster than Kim Kardashian’s hair color, one surprisingly simple way to battle that bulge consistently gets overlooked: changing your kitchen.

Studies show that small changes to your kitchen — from the size of your plates to what’s up front in your cupboard — can make big differences when it comes to weight loss.

Get the skinny on exactly why and how rearranging the space where you cook can help take off the pounds.

Do you snack when you sip?
Google is known for making searches easy. But the company also found success when it set out to make it easier for its employees to improve their nutrition.

The Google Food Team and the Yale Center for Customer Insights joined forces to learn how making small changes in the kitchen break rooms could help employees make healthier food choices, reported the Harvard Business Review.

One aspect of the research uncovered how to stop the habit of reaching for a snack every time you have a cup of coffee or drink of water. Google experimented with putting free drinks and snack foods in different places.

When the beverage station and snack station were close by, people were 50 percent more likely to take a snack with their beverage. Researchers estimated that those who used the beverage station near the snack food gained a pound of fat per year for each daily cup of coffee.

Your kitchen redo takeaway: Make it easy to get water without being tempted to nosh in your own kitchen. Set up your home water cooler by the entrance to the kitchen, and keep those fattening snacks (crackers, cookies, and other snacks) as far from that entrance as possible.

Build in portion control
Do you ever walk into your kitchen feeling so hungry that you just don’t want to take the time to measure out a portion, such as dumping cereal from the box into a bowl rather than measuring it? Google’s team has the solution to that problem, too.

In the company’s kitchen, bulk quantities of M&Ms ruled as the most popular snack. Employees served themselves by using four-ounce cups.

The calorie-cutting change: Rather than loose M&Ms, employees were offered individually wrapped packages. That built-in portion-control change slashed calories per serving from more than 300 to 130!

Your kitchen redo takeaway: Build in portion control by taking those bulk bags of snacks, such as chips, crackers, and candy, and making your own 100-calorie snacks with small plastic bags

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