Your Home Decor Might Be Making You Overeat

home is making you overeat

Do you find yourself returning to the refrigerator or pantry countless times throughout the day -- even if you're not really hungry? While you're probably beating yourself up for lacking willpower or self-control, it turns out maybe it's not your fault at all. Some subtle choices you're making around your home could be to blame!


Say what? Well, according to experts Dr. Laura McGowan, a psychologist specializing in adult food choices at the Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London and Dr. Brian Wansink, author of Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Lifeagrees, some of your decorating choices might be leading to overeating. They go over several trigger items and tips for avoiding them, but here are a few of the most eye-opening ones. 

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Your Refrigerator

If you constantly see that luscious chocolate cake in the fridge, you're probably going to be very tempted to eat it. But, if you keep it stored in a non-see-through container, it won't necessarily lure you in as easily, he advises. So next time you're on the lookout for Tupperware, think opaque!

On the flip-side, put healthy options like fruits and veggies in clear containers so you're reminded that they're readily available to you. Makes sense, right? 

Your Tableware

Believe it or not, the size and color of your glasses and plates can also influence how much you're taking in. Those who drink from short, thick tumblers actually end up consuming more liquids than those who serve themselves in tall, slender glasses. People eating rice from white plates ended up scarfing down 20 percent more than those who used dishes in contrasting colors. Interesting, right? 

Your End Tables

Wansink and MacGowan also offered some advice for those who can't stop snacking while in the living room and den: Move those side tables! Either banish them completely or adjust them you'd have to get up each time you want to grab a treat.

Your Lighting

Maybe you reserve those candlelight dinners for anniversaries and Valentine's Day, but if you start dimming the lights on a daily basis, you may find yourself eating less. Bright fluorescent lights actually caused diners to eat more, Wansink noted. 

So if you feel like you've been over-indulging, give these tricks a try and see if they work for you!

Do you overeat? If so, what do you think makes you do it? 

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