Environment_diet_article.jpgAccording to this Physorg.com article, a new Cornell study suggests people who change the environment they diet in are not only able to adhere more effectively to their diets but also lose more weight compared to people who alter their eating behaviors or food choices. This means that using a smaller dish for meals, rearranging the contents of your pantry so that junk food is not immediately accessible, or turning off distractions like your cellphone, computer, or television while you eat can actually help you stick to your diet better.

For three months, a team of researchers from Cornell University tested 200 participants by putting them in of three diet categories: change your environment, change your eating behaviors, or change your food choices. Participants who changed their environment by way of the examples above ended up following their diets an average of two more days per month.

While all participants were able to lose one to two pounds per month regardless of which diet category they belonged in, the ones who altered their environments were the most consistent dieters—they stuck to their diets for at least 20 days out of a month. And as we all know, consistency is key when it comes to any sort of weight loss.

Want the same results with your own weight loss regime? Try out the quick diet tips from this study!

DOWNSIZE YOUR DISH
Eating your meals off a 10-inch plate can actually help you consume less. You may even learn to eat more slowly to make the food on your small plate last longer!

HIDE HIGH-CALORIE FOODS
Keeping fatty fare—including your artery-blocking comfort foods—out of sight will certainly aid in keeping them out of mind (and stomach). Try placing high-calorie groceries at the topmost shelf of your cupboards, where they will be hard to see and reach.

NO GADGETS AT THE TABLE
Don’t distract yourself with your cellphone, computer, or TV when you are having a meal. Keeping them on will divert you from the fact that you are taking bigger bites or adding a third or fourth helping to your plate.

For more details on this study, read the full article on Physorg.com.

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