Diet is always a limitation. It turns out that in order to help the body get used to a new lifestyle and not “break down”, it is enough to optimize the interior of your kitchen.
Dieting is physically and mentally difficult. But if you correctly organize and decorate the kitchen space, it will be much more comfortable to adhere to the new diet, and most importantly, it will be easier to consolidate the result. Scientific research confirms that our environment influences our eating habits. The editors of Minimalism have found out what needs to be changed in the interior of the kitchen in order to avoid possible temptations and are guaranteed to lose weight by the summer.
Spoiler alert: you don’t have to repaint walls in cool colors and buy new furniture for this.
Hang up the sticker board
The wall-mounted writing board is a stylish and functional accessory. It will not only become an original decoration of the dining area, but will also help to comply with the diet and exercise regimen. And also you no longer have to paste over the refrigerator with pictures of models in bikinis and spoil the appearance of household appliances. Any board will do: cork, magnetic, felt, slate, glass marker. Choose one that fits in with the interior.
Write anything that motivates you on the chalkboard. These can be short- and long-term dietary goals, a list of healthy foods, a workout schedule, a daily menu, a diet tracker, calorie counting, or complimenting yourself. If there is no room in the kitchen for a new accessory, hang it where you will most often see it. By the way, instead of one board, you can arrange a group of boards of different sizes and shapes – it looks even more spectacular.
Hide junk food away
If you are not yet ready to completely cut out junk food, keep it out of sight. According to psychologists, we eat not only because of the feeling of hunger. Overeating can be caused by anxiety , loneliness, or boredom. It is better to hide unhealthy food in the back of the closet or on the highest shelf – where it will be more difficult to get it. This trick will make it a little harder to access sweets and starchy foods and help you make healthy choices.
On the other hand, it is better to place a plate with fruits, nuts and low-calorie snacks in a conspicuous place. Place it in the center of your dining table instead of a bowl of candy and crackers. You will definitely eat what you constantly walk past during the day. Healthy grains and seeds can be poured into beautiful glass jars and placed in the cupboard that you most often open. This will allow you to pay less attention to junk food.
Fill open shelves with crockery
If your kitchen has open shelves, remove food from there and fill the vacated space with dishes. One type of food alone gives us a false hunger. The habit of following his lead can lead to overeating, obesity, and metabolic disorders. Therefore, nutritionists recommend reducing visual contact with food as much as possible (cover a vase with fruit and snacks with a towel).
By the way, the size and design of the dishes also affect the calorie content of our menu. Instead of large plates, start using small ones. According to research, this psychological trick is very effective in combating overeating. For example, by reducing the diameter of the plate from 25 to 20 cm, a person begins to eat less by 22% per year. And if the plates are bright red or blue, we put 15% less food in them than in regular white ones.
Use food containers
Food containers help preserve the taste of food and get rid of unpleasant odors in the refrigerator. In addition, they are compact and do not take up much space. And it is also an indispensable thing for all those who follow a diet. For example, they can be used to control the number of portions. Divide the food that you plan to eat during the day into several parts according to the number of meals, put it in separate containers, and send it to the refrigerator.
If you are already full, do not try to forcefully hold the leftovers in yourself: overeating is much more harmful than malnutrition. They can be folded into a container and left for later. And in order not to rack your brains over a diet menu at work, take a lunch box from home with ready-made food and healthy snacks. Modern food containers aren’t just made of plastic. On sale, there are eco-friendly counterparts made of glass, bamboo, silicone, and stainless steel.
Organize your refrigerator correctly
The refrigerator should be not only clean but also well organized. This is especially worth watching for those who want to lose weight. Psychologists are sure that order on the shelves helps to form and maintain gastronomic discipline. To lose weight, try a “rearrangement”. First of all, hide foods that are dangerous to your figure in the lower or upper compartments. Looking into the refrigerator, the first thing we do is reach for what is in plain sight.
At the same time, fill the shelves located at eye level with vegetables, fruits, natural yogurts, eggs, cottage cheese, and other healthy products. In this way, you can eat right without putting in much effort. If you put healthy food inside the refrigerator, you can forget about it for a long time. Another effective trick: wrap junk food in foil or reusable wax wipes, and put healthy food in a transparent container.