The word is out...clutter affects overeating

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From the February 2017 issue of Real Simple magazine:

The average person makes about 200 food-related decisions a day, says Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, New York, and author of Slim by Design.

It's not "should I eat cereal for breakfast?" It's "Cereal A or Cereal B? How much should I pour? How much milk do I need?" "Because we're unaware of many of these decisions, the environment can push us to eat more," says Wansink.

Faced with sugary cereal or bran flakes, you might choose the sugary cereal. Wanksink's radical idea: "Change your environment to help you mindlessly eat better."

One strategy is to straighten up your kitchen. His research found that people in cluttered surroundings (dirty dishes, mail piles) ate 44 percent more snacks than those in a clean environment.

"That out-of-control environment primes you to say, 'If the rest of the world is out of control, why try to control what I eat?'" he says.

Clutter also raises stress levels, and that can lead to overeating.

Another idea: Hide junk food. Research revealed that people who kept fruit on their counters weighed 13 pounds less than their snack-displaying peers.

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