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Weight Loss Easier with Change of Environment

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Researchers from Cornell University say weight loss is easier when dieters change their environment. Compared to making different food choices or changing eating behavior, individuals studied and on a diet had more success by following simple tips to alter their surroundings that in turn stops mindless eating habits for weight loss.

Scientists at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab compared weight loss among 200 participants from the National Mindless Eating Challenge. Changing the eating environment in small ways resulted in a 1 to 2 pound weight loss monthly in the three month study.

"We found that dieters who were given stylized environmental tips — such as use a 10-inch plate, move the candy dish, or rearrange their cupboards — stuck to their diets an average of two more days per month," said Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, author of the book, "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think".

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Other tips for facilitating weight loss by changing surroundings include turning off the computer, cell phone and TV during mealtime, using smaller dinner plates and just keeping high calorie foods out of sight. The author adds, "These types of changes are much easier to follow than saying you will eat smaller meals, substitute fruit for sweets, or give up chocolate and French fries.”

* Maintaining weight loss depends on the brain

The success to weight loss from the Mindless Eating Challenge that preceded the Mindless Method comes from recognizing hidden clues that help dieters become more successful by changing their eating environment. The researchers say weight loss is easier with simple changes that include using a smaller plate that can help stop mindless eating habits.

Cornell University Food and Brand Lab

Updated January 12, 2014



I can see how changing your environment can really help with weight loss because this is what our family has done with our lifestyle change in wanting to eat whole healthy foods! We simply do not buy the processed stuff as much and we fill our kitchen with fruits, veggies and whole grains. If this is all to choose from, this is what you eat! We also take our Vidazorb chewable probiotics to help our bodies digest and process all the nutrients! It is working very well so far and we love it :)