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!