Keeping Unhealthy Foods Out Of Sight Could Keep Inches Off Of Your Waistline

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — If you’re looking for a way to slim down the answer could be as easy as re-arranging your food.

As CBS 2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, food that becomes out of sight will become out of mind, and eventually out of mouth.

The strategy helped mother of two, Ingrid Higginbotham, make a dent in her biggest battle.

“I’ve always been overweight my entire life,” she said.

Higginbotham lost some weight but still wanted to lose more so she set up a home meeting with nutritionist Jennifer Cassetta.

Losing weight isn’t just about the food that you eat, it’s also about where your food is kept and even the dishes that you eat it off of, Cassetta explained.

“It’s called obesogenetic environment,” she said, “It means your environment affects your waistline.”

Cassetta suggested moving unhealthy foods to the back of your cabinet or refrigerator.

“Have more healthy stuff up front, like the albacore tuna,” she said, “Strawberries in front. Excellent!”

Less healthy foods should be kept off of counter tops because just seeing those foods can trigger cravings, Cassetta explained.

And it’s not just “what you see”, but how you serve your food that’s important.

“In a dark dish you might actually serve less because you can see it, there’s contrast,” she said.

Eating while watching T.V. is a common habit that can lead to overeating. Those small, easy changes can add up to meaningful results.

“I think it’s not just going to impact me, but my family,” Higginbotham said.

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