Turns out the saying, “out of sight, out of mind” applies to weight loss and healthy eating, too! A recent study among college students (some of the worst eaters out there) found when healthy produce was placed closer to participants, more of the fruit and vegetables were eaten. And when fruit was kept nearby in a clear open bowl, more of it was eaten than when placed in a covered, opaque bowl. Interesting!
This is good news for people trying to diet who live in a household full of non-dieters. If you live alone, or with a very supportive partner, it’s easy just to keep junk food or non-diet foods out of your kitchen. But that’s not the case for everyone! So, if you’re living in a house full of temptation, it’s time to start rearranging the kitchen. Move junk food to the back of the pantry, or up high or down low where it’s harder to reach. Move healthier options, like oatmeal, whole grain snacks, nuts, etc., to the front of the pantry at eye level.
Same thing goes for the fridge! Take fruits and vegetables out of veggie drawers and put them out in front (just make sure you’re eating them in time because they may not last as long out of the crisper). Move the bad stuff to the back of the fridge or in the drawers instead. And always keep a bowl of fruit on the table!