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The Fridge Diet

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- When hunger strikes, what’s the first thing you reach for? Research shows the way you store your groceries could affect what and how much you eat!

22 times a day. That’s how many times the average person opens the fridge, but research shows the key to changing your diet could be as simple as re-arranging what’s inside.
 
The first step: be strategic. Fill your eye-level shelf with fruits and veggies. A Cornell study found you're nearly three-times more likely to eat healthy food if it's in your line of sight. 
 
Second: shop more and buy less. Instead of stocking up on a week’s worth of food, hit the grocery store more often and only buy a few days’ worth of meals. A study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology shows people tend to eat less when resources are scarce. 
 
Finally, pack smart. Those small leftover containers can tempt you to eat more than you planned. Instead, combine your entrees and sides so that each container has a full meal.
 
One last tip: put your sweet snacks in opaque containers. One Cornell researcher found those who are given chocolates in a clear bowl will eat nearly 70-percent more than when treats are in an opaque bowl.
 
Sources: Purdue University, Cornell University
 

 

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