Is Your Kitchen Making You Gain Weight? New Study Reveals the Shocking Truth…
New Study Shows A Messy Kitchen Can Make You Eat More…
For most people, there are two steps to losing unwanted body weight.
The first step involves adding more physical activity to their daily lives. The other step is to reduce the number of calories they take in.
Some people do this by eating healthier foods. Others, however, prefer to reduce the amount of food they eat overall.
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People in this second category can tell you that this isn’t easy, of course. Overeating is incredibly common.
It turns out, however… that one simple habit in particular can help reduce the amount by which you overeats.
And though it might not sound real… that habit is “keep your house clean.”
New Study Shows That A Messy Kitchen Leads You To Eat More
Researchers took a group of women and divided them into two groups.
One group of women was asked to write down in detail a time when they felt they had no control in their lives. The other group was asked to write about a time when they had felt in control.
Both groups were then taken into staged kitchens and asked to wait. Some women were asked to wait in a messy kitchen… and others in a clean kitchen. Bowls of snacks were set out in both kitchens for the women to eat while they waited.
What the researchers found was that the women in the messy kitchen ate more calories than the women in the clean kitchen. And the women who had to describe a time when they felt they had NO control ate the most calories of all… no matter which kitchen they waited in.
Applying This Information To Help You Curb Overeating
The link between stress and decision fatigue has been long established. And while decision fatigue usually means that you’re tired of making decisions… it can also mean that you’re too stressed to make the right decisions.
It’s why you reach for a bowl of ice cream at the end of a long day… rather than a bowl of fruit and yogurt. And it’s why you’re more likely to just say “forget it” when you walk into your kitchen to cook, only to find a huge mess.
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So it makes sense that a messy environment would lead you to eat more junk food. Junk food is packaged for easy consumption. And it contains a lot of hidden sugar… which your body craves when you want a pick-me-up.
But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle… the last thing you want to do is give in to the “forget it” urge. And the best way to do this to reduce the urge altogether.
This means setting new habits that lead to a cleaner home and less decision fatigue.
How To Implement New Habits
Setting a new habit isn’t easy. Most people know this from experience… especially a few months after New Years.
There are, however, a few things you can do to increase the odds that your new habit will stick.
Even if you’ve never heard the term “habit stacking” before… there is a good chance you already do this. For example… if you always wash your face and brush your teeth before bed… and feel strange doing one but not the other… then you’ve got a habit stack.
Habit stacking is another way you can reduce decision fatigue… which makes it a one-two punch in applying the information found in the study. When you stack habits, you take the guesswork out of what you’re doing.
A good example of this is my own nighttime routine. There are certain medications I have to take every night. I always remember them because I have to be sure I take them before I brush my teeth… and I have to brush my teeth before going to bed.
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Going to bed is not optional… so I stacked the other two habits on top of my need for sleep. Now I can’t lay down at night without brushing my teeth first.
And I can’t brush my teeth without taking my meds. These aren’t decisions I make every night. They’re habits.
To stack your own habits, start with something you already do. If you start a coffee pot when you wake up every morning… stack a cleaning habit on top of that.
Maybe you decide to add that you will empty the dishwasher from the night before or load it with dirty dishes. You might also wipe the counter or make yourself a healthy breakfast to have with your coffee.
Outside Time Limits
Another good way to add healthy or tidy habits is to fit them in between things you like doing. Few people watch TV with ads anymore… so commercial breaks aren’t a good example.
But there are usually cuts in the shows you’re streaming where commercials used to be. Whenever these come up, pause the show and perform one tidy habit.
Swap laundry loads, make your bed, load the dishwasher, or update your grocery list. You can time yourself… and you might be surprised to find that many of these habits take even less time than a standard commercial break would.
You can also use a specific song or activity to impose a time limit on yourself. If you’re warming up leftovers… then you know you have a minute or two to kill. Spend that time wiping down the counter or cleaning out the fridge.
Or, if you’re a music person, choose a longer song and make that your cleaning song. Put the song on and clean for as long as it runs.
You might be surprised to find that you don’t want to stop once you get started!
You won’t be able to change your habits overnight. And keeping a tidier house isn’t going to help you achieve your weight loss goals on its own.
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But just like anything else, this information is a great tool to have in your tool box. And it’s a piece of information so fundamental to daily living… that you can work it into other habits that make up a healthy lifestyle.
As with creating any new habit, you have to give yourself time. It’s tempting to expect perfection the first time you try to change a bad habit. But new behaviors take time.
So be patient with yourself and be kind. Little by little, you will create the change you want to see as long as you keep trying and don’t give up!
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Keeping your kitchen neat might seem like a small habit… but it can have big consequences (good or bad!) when it comes to your weight!
That’s the same thing I thought when I learned about these 3 other weight loss tips.
They seem so small and easy to do that you might assume they won’t make much of a difference…
(I mean, one of them is so simple that all you have to do is turn a knob or press a button before you go to sleep…)
But if you take a look at the research, you’ll see that over time… they can actually make a big impact on how your body burns fat!
In fact, doing just ONE of these things will help your body get rid of extra fat & calories… meaning that you’ll start to look slimmer and see the number on the scale go down…
And when you do all three of these small, simple things? The results will compound… meaning a lot of weight loss… from very little effort!
So, if you want to see what all three of these really easy, research-backed tips are for losing more weight & burning more fat… click here: