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Is Your Kitchen Making You Gain Weight?

Por Emiliana Faillace, Nutrition Counselor, MyDiet™ -
Is Your Kitchen Making You Gain Weight?

Have you ever paid attention to the things you keep in the kitchen? Observe for example: the type and size of plates, drinking glasses, serving spoons and even the size of food packages. These things could be affecting your weight and your health!

To turn your kitchen into an ally, you should not only change the types of food you store in it, but also the size of the utensils you use and the packages of food you buy. This is based on the theory of optical illusion and the fact that people use external parameters to measure what the right amount of food to eat is. Below you will find tips on how to reduce the amount of food you eat by up to 15%.

Size of food packages

When we see an enormous package or bowl of food, we subconsciously think that it is ok to eat more than when we see a small package. This is simply an instinct. Therefore, if you want to reduce your calorie intake, buy small packages of food. This will help you reach your goal without you needing to make any conscious sacrifice. The same thing happens in reverse when you prepare a large  amount of food and place it in a large pot: you will serve yourself a larger serving. In this case, we recommend you use various medium-sized pots.

Size of plates

Here the optical illusion plays an important role. For example, if you serve a small slice of  pizza on a large plate, the slice of pizza will appear smaller to you. However, if you serve the same slice on a small plate, it will appear larger than what it really is. This is a way to "fool" your brain into thinking you've eaten more. We usually tend to associate being full with large portions.  However, follow these tips and you'll feel fuller with less food. Start off by putting away the large plates and replacing them with smaller ones.

Size of serving spoons

Does it happen that you barely serve yourself two spoons of ice cream just to satisfy a craving but still have trouble losing weight? Blame it on the size of your spoons! With two relatively large spoonfuls you could be eating up to 1/2 cup of ice cream. That's why it's best to replace your serving spoons with smaller ones. That way, even if you serve yourself twice, you won't be eating as many calories.

Size of drinking glasses

This brings us back to the optical illusion theory: a wide, short glass appears to be smaller than a tall, skinny one. Your brain associates the short glass with smaller amounts and the tall one with larger amounts. This is why, when getting a drink, you tend to choose the short glass instead of the tall one. The truth is that both glasses may hold the same volume. By not completely filling the tall glass, you're consuming fewer calories than if you completely fill the short glass. Whenever possible, pick tall narrow glasses over short, wide ones.

Now that you know how this theory works, go to your kitchen and transform it! You will soon see the difference.


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