It’s time to stop diet sabotage! Do you have cookies, candy, chocolate, soda, potato chips, (insert your vice here) on your kitchen counter or near your desk at work? Hide it. Recent research shows that women ate 4.6 more pieces of chocolate when it was near them and in a clear container, compared to when they were in an opaque container and 2 meters away. Not only that, but the women also underestimated how many chocolates they ate when they ate more of them.

Although this may sound like common-sense, think about your office and home. Do you have candy out in the open? What foods are on your counter? If you’d rather not admit to the answer, it may be time for an office or home makeover.

  • Put the sweets and treats in opaque containers and then put them in your cupboard.
  • On the counter, have bowls of healthy snacks (fruits & vegetables!) instead.
  • Have a pack of sugar-free gum by the food that tempts you. When you go to grab that cookie, stick a piece of gum in your mouth instead.
  • Put the less healthy foods and drinks in the back of the cupboard, fridge, or freezer. Move the healthier foods in the front so you’ll be more likely to grab them first.

Out of sight, out of the stomach. You’re working so hard to get (or stay) healthy… Set yourself up for success!


  1. avatar DeniseCox says:

    Oh wow… this wouldn’t work for me! I hear the chocolate calling my name. Sometimes I hear it calling from the store and then I have to decide if I want to go out to get it! The only thing that stops my cravings is the R&D Diet Cookie. It’s one of those ‘cookie diets’ and it’s amazing how well they satisfy hunger and cravings. I like this one because they are cheaper than the others and i believe they work better too.

  2. avatar Growth says:

    make it inconvenient lose weight, good!


About Erica Giovinazzo

Erica Giovinazzo is a graduate student of Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She has served as the Chair of the Student Committee of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, the ADA Student Liaison for New York University, and a volunteer with Keri Gans Nutrition, God's Love We Deliver, and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Nutrition Department. In the coming year, Erica is delighted to be in the NYU Dietetic Internship, and complete the training to become a Registered Dietitian.


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