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Your Kitchen Is A Chubby Chaser

According to a study for the Annual Reviews of Nutrition, your kitchen could be a large contributor to your fat ass. And I mean that with love. But seriously, there are implications from bad lighting, where you store your junk, plate size, etc. Keep reading and see which items you might be guilty of.

Your plates are platter size

“Most of us make a habit of filling our plates and finishing what’s on them,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, author of “The Portion Teller Plan.” But since the 1970s, dinner plates have grown 25%, to 12 inches or more in diameter.

Eat off a plate about 2 inches smaller and you’ll serve yourself 22% fewer calories per meal, which can mean a 2-pound weight lossin 1 month, says Brian Wansink, PhD, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and the author of “Mindless Eating.”

Solution: Rethink your place settings. Use your salad plate to hold higher-calorie meats or pasta, and load your dinner plate with veggies, says Young. If you plan to buy new plates, the best size is 10 inches in diameter, says Wansink. “Any smaller, though, and you’ll go back for seconds,” he adds.

You love bright light

High-wattage lighting can raise stress levels, stimulating your appetite and causing you to eat faster than usual, according to research reviews. On the flip side, too dim is no better — studies show low lighting lessens inhibitions.

Solution: Many modern kitchens have layers of light sources, from under-the-cabinet halogens to recessed lights around the perimeter and a decorative fixture over the table, says Joseph Rey-Barreau, a lighting designer in Lexington, KY. When you’re cooking, flip on as many lights as you’d like, but when it’s time to eat, use no more than 240 total watts. That’s the equivalent of four 60-watt bulbs in a four-light over-the-table fixture, for example, or six 40-watt bulbs in six high hats; with compact fluorescent bulbs, use 75 to 100 total watts.

Oh yeah, you know some of these apply, keep reading. Continue reading

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January 17, 2010 Posted by | Did you know?, Fitness | , , | Leave a comment