10 Signs Your House Is Making You Fat
A toxic environment
Your cabinets are overflowing
The fix: Clean out your pantry on a regular basis. Get rid of expired food and stuff you bought that you don't like and won't eat (but keep around anyway)even if it's healthy. Or, come up with alternate storage plans, like a cabinet in your basement.
Your apples are in the fridge
The fix: Buy a pretty fruit bowl or basket so you're more inclined to fill it; display in plain sight so you're more likely to grab a piece. Pre-slice veggies and put them in clear containers front-and-center in the fridge for easy snacking.
Your thermostat is set too high
The fix: Turn down your thermostat a few degrees. Being cold activates your brown fat, which actually spurs your metabolism and improves glucose sensitivity. If the change is too abrupt, start with one degree and gradually decrease the temperature. You'll quickly adapt to the chillier temp, note researchers.
Your exercise equipment is undercover
The fix: Keep your dumbbells next to your couch so you're reminded to use them while you watch TV. Set up equipment like a yoga mat or exercise bike in a space in your home you want to be inlike by a window.
You're inviting the wrong people over
The fix: Okay, no one's saying to lose your friendsno matter how bad their health habits. "Look for friends who are doing the right thing, and have them over, too," says Dr. Hill. If they're more active and like to eat nutritious foods, you're more likely to adopt their habits. Conversely, their attitude can rub off on your less-than-virtuous pals.
Your lights are too dim
The fix: When you wake up, open your shades to allow natural sunlight in and turn on lamps and overhead lights. Bonus: It'll also help you wake up faster.
You serve food at the dinner table
The fix: Nix family-style serving and dish out food straight from your pots and pans instead. This strategy decreased food intake by 10% for women in a Cornell University study. Another trick, recommends Dr. Pagoto: dish out dinner, then put the rest away. If you want seconds, you have to go through the trouble of reheating, which most people won't do. At the very least, it gives your body time to feel full, so you'll take a smaller second portion.
Your home is too cozy in the evening
The fix: Change into active clothes, turn on lights, and play energizing music after dinner. One study in PLOS One found that people walk at a faster pace to upbeat tunes compared to slower, more relaxing music. With higher energy, you're also more likely to go outside for a post-dinner walk.
You've got too many screens
The fix: You don't have to get rid of TV completely. However, consider removing the one from your bedroom (experts say to keep this area for sex and sleep only) and kitchen (TV encourages lingering and snacking). Then, be choosier with your shows, giving up those you feel ho-hum about and enjoying the ones you really love. Cut down on your TV time and you're more likely to be more active without even trying.
Your plates and bowls are huge
Plates that are as big as platters, wine glasses that are goblets, and bowls that may as well be troughsthese large serving dishes play a trick on you: you subconsciously want to fill the space, so you wind up dishing out more. Case in point: additional Cornell research found that adults and kids poured more cereal into large bowls and consumed 44% more calories.
The fix: To decrease portion sizes, plates should be no more than 9 to 10 inches and bowls less than 20 ounces, recommends study author Brian Wansink, PhD, in his book Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.