Health Tips: Don't Let Your Kitchen Make You Fat

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Problem: Bulk shopping can help cut food bills, but if you store groceries in their supersize packages, you're more likely to supersize your meals. Researchers found that people prepared 23 percent more food when cooking from large containers and ate twice as many candies from big bags as from smaller ones.

Having a large variety of food may cause you to overeat too: With four types of cookies at your fingertips, you're more likely to try a little of each in search of satisfaction.

Solution: Big packages don't have a natural stopping point, so break them down into smaller containers or single-serving portions.

Also, keep only one variety of your favorite treat in the house to help curb temptation

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Tempting Foods

Problem: Just seeing tempting food makes people feel hungrier. It also causes the release of dopamine, a brain chemical that produces a feel-good sensation and may intensify a particular craving.

Solution: Put trigger foods in opaque containers and stash them in an inconvenient spot. When you need a step stool to reach those cookies or have to push past veggies to get to the leftover cake in the fridge, it serves as a speed bump to help you pause and reconsider.

You should also create a no-brainer snack bucket and keep it easily within reach. Load an open container with healthy options like yogurt and cheese sticks, and keep it front and center in the fridge.

Keep healthy options like fruit and veggies at eye level in the fridge or on the counter as well – produce stashed in the crisper drawer in your fridge is oven overlooked since it's out of sight – and therefore out of mind. Some fruits and veggies actually taste better and stay fresher longer at room temperature, including oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, and tomatoes.

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Web Extra Tip Bright Light

Problem: 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. 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.

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