We’ve all gone to bed with dirty dishes in our sinks. It just happens from time to time. But if your kitchen is chronically messy—think: dirty dishes, old newspapers, stacks of bills—you could be doing some real damage to your weight-loss goals.
Research conducted by the brilliant folks at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab shows that a cluttered kitchen may bring women to eat more than a clean kitchen might. In this study, women were asked to wait in a cluttered kitchen that was also noisy. While they waited, they were asked to write about a time in their lives when they felt in control or out of control. In addition, the women were offered snacks–carrots, cookies, and crackers–and asked to taste and then rate them.
The women who were in the cluttered kitchen and the women who were asked to think about an out-of-control experience ate 53 more calories than the women in a clean kitchen and those who were asked to recall a period of their lives when they felt in control.
What does this mean for you? You could meditate each time you head for the kitchen. Sit yourself down and think calming thoughts until you feel in control of everything you’ve got going on in your life. We all have time for that, right?
Well in the event you don’t have the time to spare, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and author of Slim by Design Brian Wansink suggests you just keep your kitchen tidy. Now that I can handle!
Check out our Best Time-Saving Kitchen Tips for ideas to help you clean your kitchen better and more efficiently.
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