Dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner doesn't believe in will power, she believes in environmental control. She says you need to make your environment -- your home and your office -- work for you, as opposed to working against you. Make your home your safe haven where you can make healthy choices automatically, without fighting it every step of the way.
Here are Dawn's top three tips for organizing your home to be your partner in your weight loss program...
1. Don't Enter Through the Kitchen
The more time spent in the kitchen, the more likely you'll be eating. Enter your home through the front door, not the kitchen door. When you walk through the kitchen, you're more likely to snack. By going through the front door you will have time to de-stress and regroup, before letting your hunger or stress from the day take hold of you and make you immediately grab for a snack.
2. Paint It Blue
When you think about fast food restaurants colors, bright yellows and oranges often come to mind. These are manufactured colors to get you to eat a lot and eat quickly. Instead, paint your kitchen a light blue or green. These are more relaxing and will help you to eat less. Dawn says that when a person slows down and realizes what they're eating, they often eat 200 calories less a day.
3. Turn Off the TV
When you eat meals in front of the TV, you associate food with television. This means, every time you watch TV, even when you're not hungry, your brain tells you to eat. Like Pavlovian dogs, you have been trained to pair food and TV together. Watch TV without eating, and over time, it's miraculous -- you'll be less likely to be triggered to eat.
See all of Dawn's Healthy Eating Tips from her appearance on "Anderson."
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