Step on the scale. If you groan instead of grin, try something different: Blame your house. That's the advice from Dr. Mehmet Oz, who unveiled various ways that your home, sweet home could be expanding your waistline on his October 23 talk show. In addition, "The Doctors" featured a woman on their October 23 talk show who claims that clutter in your house can build bulges in your body. Think it sounds improbable? She lost more than 75 pounds!
Organizing expert Dorothy Breininger became famed for helping others remove clutter from their homes on A&E's "Hoarders." But when she weighed 200 pounds, she realized that she was hoarding - and eating - too much food.
To lose the weight, Dorothy adjusted her eating habits. Now, 75 pounds lighter, she's written a book about her weight loss success: "Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff: The Organized Approach to Lose Weight by Decluttering Your Life" (click for additional details). She told "The Doctors" that by curing your clutter problems, you can cure your weight issues as well.
Dr. Oz offered another approach on his show: Change your house to change your weight by taking these steps:
- Lower your thermostat to 63°F for just two hours a day. A study showed that this could reduce body fat mass by 5% in six weeks.
- Turn up the lights in your kitchen. Dim lights make food look appealing, causing you to overeat.
- Eat from smaller plates. You might try dessert plates for your main meal or tasting plates, such as Libbey Just Tasting Square Plate Set (click for details).
- Make healthy food more visible (and hide those cute little Oreos in the cupboards!).
- Use peppermint-smelling sprays and candles. One study determined that people who smelled mint every two hours ate 2,700 less calories per week! Our tip: Tempted to nosh? Take a time-out, take your shoes off and use Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray (click for details). You'll smell the appetite-reducing power of peppermint while giving yourself a non-food treat.