Fight Fat with a Healthy Home
Obesegenics (Part 2 of 2)
Last week I shared some tips on losing weight by changing how you interact with your home. Simple things like not walking through the kitchen when you come in the house and swapping out large plates for small ones. This week I've got five more things you can do to make your home fit friendly.
Turn on music during mealtime. Select tunes that are slow, calm and soothing. They help relieve stress and anxiety, making mealtime a more relaxed experience. The more relaxed you are, the less likely you'll be to rush through a meal. Try to make it last at least 30 minutes.
The reason for all the delay is simple. It can take 15 to 20 minutes before your stomach tells your brain that you're full. Slowing down gives your brain some time to figure out what's going on with your body before you overeat.
Banish the TV when you're eating. When you're watching a show, you don't pay attention to what you're putting in your mouth. It's easy to stuff yourself past the point of being full.
Turn the television into something that requires effort. Put the remote away in a cabinet instead of beside the couch. Get a timer and decide how long you're going to allow yourself to watch. Then look through the TV listings to find the program you want.
Once you've decided on a show, set the timer and only watch until it goes off. If you want to make it even better for yourself, get a small basket of exercise items. Every time a commercial comes on, do jumping jacks, push-ups, situps or something that requires you to use an item from your exercise basket.
For those of you who workout at home, consider carefully how you use mirrors. Women tend to be less motivated and less focused when they see themselves exercise, but men are the opposite. Women should keep mirrors away or arrange that they can be covered in workout areas. Men might want to consider ways to add them.
For workout areas that are shared, put a mirror or two up on one wall and leave the opposite wall without. Have men face the mirrors and women face away.
You can use mirrors throughout the rest of the house if they're placed properly. Put one in the dining room and you'll eat less if you sit in front of it. You might also put one in the bedroom or bathroom. Looking at yourself naked before you step in the shower can be a big weight-loss motivator.
For the truly ambitious, consider repainting. Bright colors like yellow, red and orange make us happy, give us energy and stimulate the appetite. That's why those colors predominate in fast food restaurants. Their goal is to make you feel good and get you to eat as much as possible.
Keep stimulating colors out of the kitchen and dining areas. Instead, opt for more muted colors like blues or greens. Humans don't seem to have an appetite response to those colors, possibly because we associate them with mold or rot.
If repainting is too much, try using blue or green placemats, napkins and dishes to lessen your cravings. Putting in blue lights where you eat is another option. It makes the food look less appealing and we eat less.
Get rid of your fat safety net. Too often, when people lose weight they put their "fat clothes" in storage. That's like telling yourself it's OK if you fail, you can always go back to what you did before. Get rid of your bigger clothes as you trim down and don't give yourself an easy way to relapse.
Don't try everything at once. Pick one thing and do it for a month. Only after it's a habit should you add something new. Over time your home, and your habits will work to keep you fit, not fat.
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