Make Your Home Part of Your Diet Plan

diet, diet plan, flexitarian dietWe are not asking you to eat your house as part of your diet plan. Your house may be a threat to your figure. Experts say the way you design and maintain your home could play a role in whether you pack on the pounds or keep them off with your diet. After quaffing down those pizza slices, the living room sofa and TV really look inviting. There is often stuff in your house that serves as temptations to lure you away from exercising. You can make your environment work for you instead of against you, according to The Flexitarian Diet. There are ways to use your house to successfully watch your weight, rather than relying solely on willpower.

Open the Drapes or Turn on the Lights

Dark environments are more likely to foster binge eating. That’s because people are often less inhibited and less self-conscious when they’re in dimly lit places and are more likely to inhale heaps of food with the flair of a speed eater. Semi-darkness is a high-risk environment that is the enemy of your diet.

Control the Thermostat

Keeping your home too warm could be making you fat. The prevalence of central heating has increased in step with obesity rates. Exposure to cold causes people to generate their own heat, which helps burn calories. There’s no need for your home to feel like an igloo, but lower the thermostat a tad and your waistline could benefit. Most living rooms are heated to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Dropping the temperature to 60 degrees could increase energy expenditure by 100 or 200 calories a day.

Use Smaller Dishes

Big serving bowls and plates can easily make us fat. We eat about 22 percent more when using a 12-inch plate instead of a 10-inch plate. When we choose a large spoon over a smaller one, total intake jumps by 14 percent. We pour about 30 percent more into a short, wide glass than a tall, skinny glass that can hold the same amount of liquid. Give smaller dishes a 7-day diet trial run and see what happens with your weight.

No Mirrors on the Wall

Women who exercise in front of a mirror feel less energized. Enough factors already affect our motivation to work out so no need to add another. Limit mirrors to areas where they’re absolutely necessary.

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