America's Healthy Summer: Do Summer Dieters Have Greater Chance of Weight Loss Success?

Another thing about the environment in the summer is the decorative touch in the home. People like to put flowers on a table in the summer, but a better option would be to place a bowl of fruit on the table instead, Oz said. A study from the Smell and Taste Foundation in Chicago found that overweight people who sniffed fruit before a meal lost an average of 5 pounds per month, while those who sniffed flowers before a meal tended to eat more, he said.

Q: Can food containers also affect how much people eat?

A: Yes. A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that women ate 71 percent more from transparent containers than they did from opaque ones, because seeing the food is tempting, Oz said. He advised that people choose ceramic over transparent glass dishes and remove the serving dishes from the table once everyone has been served.

Here are some additional dieting tips:

It's about how much you eat, not what you eat. Exercise firm portion control.

Avoid empty calories like soda and bread.

Don't forget to drink lots of water.

Even if it's just going for a one-hour walk around the neighborhood, make exercise a priority.

Eats lots of fruit and vegetables.

Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Stop when you're satisfied, not when you're full. You don't need to clean your plate.

Eat whole grain breads.

Treat yourself occasionally.

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