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.