Yes, you’ve read the title right. If you design your kitchen in the correct way, it can help you achieve your weight loss goals.
The area of your home with the most functionality, your kitchen, can work against you if it isn’t designed to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Here are some useful tips to better design your kitchen so it can help you achieve, not hinder, your fitness goals:
Don’t Store Food on Counters
Kitchen counters should only be used for food preparation, not storage. Seeing physical reminders of junk food, day-in, and day-out will erode your will to eat healthily. So, if you must have junk food in your home, hide it amongst the cabinets. Replace cookie jars and similar items with fruits, and take a step towards a nutritious lifestyle.
Use Less Accessible Areas for Storage
Storing junk food and fattening snacks in less-accessible places (like ceiling cabinets), will not only benefit your body but will also optimize your storage. Since you don’t access ceiling cabinets on a regular basis, the chances of you consuming those high-calorie treats decreases. Out of sight, out of mind.
Choose Warm and Neutral Colors for Your Kitchen
Experts say that white coloured kitchens tend to stimulate more eating, the same goes with overly dark coloured kitchens. The use of warm and neutral colors in the kitchen can work in your favor to inspire a better diet plan.
Don’t Spend too Much Time in the Kitchen
Nowadays, the kitchen is not solely used for cooking. People do all sorts of work in the kitchen, like sending emails, watching TV and doing homework. According to experts, the more time you spend in the kitchen, the more you’ll eat. Kitchens mustn’t be organized like a lounge. iPads, TVs, comfortable chairs and similar items, must be removed from the kitchen area to reduce the chances of snacking.
Design to Make Cooking Easier
A kitchen that’s built to be easy-to-use invites you to cook healthy foods. After all, if it’s simple to make home-cooked meals, why even bother eating out?
For example, have the fridge door open directly towards the sink, play soothing music while you cook, have proper lighting around the kitchen counter and ensure there’s enough space if someone wants to help. The easier it is to use your kitchen, the more likely you are to cook fresh and healthy meals at home.
Invest in Smaller Plates
The size of the plates you use can affect the size of your waistline. Large plates encourage people to serve and consume more food because portions appear smaller.
Dinner plates are generally 11”-12” in diameter. At this size, their use leads to overconsumption. Instead, try to use plates between 9”-10”. Doing so can lead to a big impact on your diet as you trick your senses into believing you’ve eaten more than you have.
Say no to mindless and overeating by designing your kitchen in a health-conscious way. Therefore, even if you get your willpower falters, your healthy kitchen design will be there to support you.