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Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat?

Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat?

A new study shows that the kitchen could be responsible for making us fat. That’s because visual cues entice us to eat more—or less. How does your kitchen score on the fat-causing front? Ask yourself these simple questions to arrive at an answer:

  • Does your kitchen have bright lights? Perhaps you need to tone things down a bit. Bright lights are known to create visual clutter, subconsciously urging you to take comfort in food. The result: overeating.
  • Does your kitchen give the impression of a warm, plentiful place, flowing seamlessly into the living and dining spaces?
  • Are your plates big? The bigger the plate, the more you tend to pile onto it.
  • Are your glasses wide? Again, the wider the glasses, the more they can hold. And if you are hooked to sugary drinks, you are looking at some serious calories. Small, narrow glasses are a good buy.
  • Do you buy food in bulk, always? Obvious: the more you have, the more you are going to eat.
  • Is your counter top cluttered? A messy appearance puts you off cooking, and you find yourself reaching for bags of chips and other high-calorie foods.
  • Are the snacks and cookies in your kitchen arranged at eye level? That is a store-tested way to get you to eat more. If you are watching what you eat, place your cookie jars right on the top shelf, so you don’t give in to impulse nibbling without  blink.

Now if  you have answered yes to more than two of the above questions, your kitchen could indeed be making you fat.

A compact kitchen, small plates and narrow glasses—preferably in appetite-controlling soft colors such as blue, limited food supplies rather than loads of impulse buys, a clear countertop and a selection of goodies stocked above eye level—those are some of the elements that can make your kitchen a healthy eating zone.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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3:57AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

5:59AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

9:26AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Bingo! All of these work in our home!

5:46AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013


4:28AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

I have a small square kitchen, with white appliances and blue formica counters, and light oak cabinets and I love it!!!! Who wants to clean or cook in a huge monstrous stainless steel applianced behemouth????

3:53PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

OK...bigger plates I can see could make a person eat more. However, if you eat the right food, and in the right amounts, the plate size shouldn't matter. I seldom need a regular size dinner plate; usually use a dessert plate - perfect for one person meals.

Narrow gasses are a pain in the behind to wash by hand - can't get my hand inside to clean.

My counter is cluttered - not enough room in cupboards for everything. Apts aren't known for good-sized kitchens or alot of cupboard space.

Get migraines so the light fixture has only one bulb in it, keeping the light just about right for those who are light sensitive.

My kitchen is not inviting because it's so small. Two people would fit but unless movements are choreographed, we'd spend more time bumping into each other than cooking.

Not many snacks - not in budget - except for my chocolate bars in the freezer! Only allow myself 1/2-1 a day, if even that. It depends on what I eat for supper, whether I have a candy bar or not. Will say I got off those delicious, wonderful, addictive Snickers and now only allow plain milk chocolate in my freezer!

Still dream of Snickers tho - dreams don't put on they?

4:43AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

food for thought!!!

11:12PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Me and my kitchen are doing fine!

5:43PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Thank you

1:36AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

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