1. Declutter the kitchen
A study of hoarders found 92% were overweight or obese, indicating a link between hanging onto stuff and hanging onto flab. To lose weight, your kitchen must lose weight. Clear the clutter from your pantry, cabinets, drawers, counters, and fridge. Get rid of junk food and anything else hurting your weight loss. You want your kitchen to feel light and airy, so you can too.
2. Declutter the bedroom
Studies show a clear link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. That’s because when you’re tired you snack more to give you energy, thus piling on the kilos. Having a welcoming, uncluttered bedroom decorated in soothing colours will entice you to go to bed earlier. Get rid of shoes under the bed too, as this interferes with the ‘chi’, or flow of energy.
3. Make a grand entrance
If there’s an entrance to your house that doesn’t give line of sight to the kitchen, use that one. Otherwise put eye-catching objects there such as a plant or a painting to distract you from making a beeline to the kitchen when you come in.
4. Use colour
Switch to blue plates to slow down your eating. Blue helps reduce blood pressure and pulse rate. In fact, the term ‘Blue Plate Special’ was coined during the Depression when restaurant owners discovered diners were satisfied with a smaller portion of food when it was served on a blue plate. White, red, orange, yellow, purple and pink plates make you want more. Avoid using a red tablecloth too.
5. Trim that wardrobe
As you lose weight, discard clothes that no longer fit you. Holding onto them is symbolically clinging to your old size.
6. Add mirrors
Place mirrors on the door of the snack cabinet or the fridge door to reflect positive energy into the room and stop yourself snacking.