We reveal smart ways to help you to stop eating all of those bad foods...
Want to know how to stop eating the wrong foods?
If you find yourself charging through a family bag of crisps in one sitting or polishing off a large bar of chocolate most evenings, you may be falling in to a comfort eating trap.
A few healthy snacks here and there are fine, but over-eating processed foods due to stress or unhappiness not only makes you feel bloated, tired and uncomfortable, it is also one of the biggest causes of weight gain.
Knowing how to stop eating can be tricky though, especially if it has become a comforting habit that picks you up after a long, stressful day at work.
So, how do you break that bingeing cycle and stop eating too much of the wrong foods? According to experts, eating less starts with a few clever fridge stacking tricks…
Placement is important
Where you place items in your fridge is proven to have a direct effect on what you eat each time you open it.
According to a study by Cornell University, we are 2.7 times more likely to pick up foods placed in our eye-line and less likely to reach for those in an inconvenient location.
So next time you unload the shopping, place all the healthy nibbles to the front and push all your naughty treats to the back. Out of sight, out of mind.
Keep clicking for even more fridge tricks that will help you learn how to stop eating…
Taste isn’t the only factor that draws us to treats, colour also plays a part in what attracts us to certain foods. The Journal of Sensory Studies found a busy fridge full of less healthy items with bright attractive packaging is likely to distract us from the earthier tones of natural produce.
Red and yellow were pinpointed as particular triggers (the garish McDonalds colour scheme suddenly makes sense) as it signals ripeness, sweetness and calories.
So, next time you’re in the supermarket stock up on bright, attention-grabbing healthy snacks such as strawberries, peppers and pineapple.
Research shows that people are more likely to eat more of something if its bitesized or stored in a transparent container – so don’t fall into the trap of chopping everything up in the hope you will eat less. You’ll probably find a slab of chocolate sits in your fridge a little longer than it’s party sized equivalents.
To beat cravings store naughty foods at the back of the fridge in opaque tupperware, preferably blue ones. This is because, in contrast to red, blue is an appetite suppressant. Strange but true. So fingers crossed, storing your food is tupperware is one way to stop you eating too much of the bad stuff…
Eggs are the gold standard when it comes to a filling breakfast and have been found to reduce the number of calories eaten at lunchtime, and shave 400 calories off your average daily intake.
The secret? They’re a rich source of protein, which takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and helps stave off those mid-morning hunger pangs. Combine two eggs with a low-GI carbohydrate such as rye or wholemeal bread which, again, is slower to digest, for your morning meal. This will kick your eating day off well, and hopefully stop you from reaching for the biscuit tin mid-morning…
Full of fibre and water, apples are fantastically filling in relation to their calorific value. When digested, they also produce the hormone GLP-1, which sends ‘I’m full!’ signals to the brain. Eat an apple 15 minutes before meals for the trick to work best. The antioxidant quercetin sits just under the skin, so don’t peel them. Dried apple works too, but it is calorie laden.