Keep snack foods out of sight
Women who keep cereal on their counters have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those whose boxes are tucked away in pantries and cabinets. Storing snack foods, like muffins and cookies, in plain sight is associated with higher BMI in men, according to a study in Health Education & Behavior. On the other hand, keeping healthy foods highly visible is associated with a slimmer figure: Women who stored fruit on the counter had lower BMIs than those who didn’t. “The idea is to help you mindlessly eat better, so you don’t reach for chips just because they’re there,” says Andrew Hanks, PhD, professor in consumer sciences at Ohio State University and co-author of the study. These are the kitchen gadgets that make weight loss a no-brainer.
Avoid cutesy dessert dishes
People tend to scoop more and eat more ice cream with a whimsical ice cream serving spoon shaped like a mini person with a hairdo than with a neutral scoop, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Whimsical cuteness makes people want to have fun and reward themselves and indulge,” says study co-author Gergana Nenkov, PhD, associate professor in marketing at Boston College. Use this psychology trick to your advantage: artsy tongs or a pretty bowl for a salad might lead you to eat more greens. These other tricks can help you eat less without thinking about it.