Experts have found that the popular saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ rings particularly true when it comes to overeating.
Seeing food in front of you automatically puts you in the position of having to decide whether or not you want to eat it. And science has revealed that the more often you see it, the more likely you are to eat it.
In this study, participants were given chocolate in bowls that were either clear or opaque. Those with clear bowls opened them to eat the chocolate 71% more often than those with opaque bowls; consuming on average an extra 77 calories per day.
Placing snacks in less easy-to-reach places has also been shown to help manage the temptation of grabbing a handful everytime you’re nearby.
For example, in this study, clear bowls of confectionery were placed in three different spots throughout the participants’ office: on their desk, in a desk drawer, and six feet away from their desk.
Results showed that people ate an average of nine extra sweets a day when the bowl was on their desk, six when the bowl was in their drawer, and only four when they had to walk to get the bowl.
Alternatively, if these methods aren’t working for you, consider avoiding bulk buying. In this study, those who received double the amount of snacks per week ate 81% more calories than those who received a normal quantity. Therefore, buying only what you need during your weekly shop can be another useful tip to prevent overeating.