The design of your home--and particularly your kitchen-- can contribute to weight gain in more ways than one.
Here are 6 kitchen contributors to putting on pounds.
1. Entrance into Your Kitchen: Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab recommends you use the front door to your home if your side or back entrance leads you through the kitchen. That’s because his study reveals that people who have to walk through their kitchen tend to eat 15% more than those who don’t.
2. Lighting: Studies show kitchen lighting can raise or lower food consumption. Prevention Magazine suggests that “high-wattage lighting can raise stress levels, stimulating your appetite and causing you to eat faster than usual….” Another Cornell Lab study supports that bright kitchen lighting contributes to eating more. With subtle lighting, Cornell claims, you’re likely to eat 18% less.
3. Kitchen Food Displays: Houselogic.com states that food displayed on open kitchen shelving or in cabinets with glass fronts can also add to your waistline. Better that these exhibits are used for storing plates and bowls. Seeing food through a glass-front refrigerator further contributes to temptation and noshing.
4. Pantries: Homes today can have large walk-in pantries or a big pantry cupboard built into the kitchen cabinetry. These storerooms lure you into extra food consumption. They can store a wide variety of munchies from cookies, to chips, nuts, crackers and every assortment of snacks and sweets purchased in bulk and stored to save money.
5. Entertainment: With today’s open concept designs, large kitchens and their workstations tend to be the centre of your home. Some have a TV right in them. With others, you can sit comfortably at the counter and watch the TV affixed to the familyroom wall. It’s not uncommon for people to talk on the telephone while in the kitchen, and to work and play on a computer at their kitchen table or workstation.
According to Houselogic.com, “Distractions, such as watching television and web surfing, lead to mindless munching, especially with a whole cornucopia of goodies within arm’s reach.” Even stools at an island prep station can entice you to dawdle in the kitchen at arms length of fridge and cupboard doors where snacks abound.
TV and One Extra Meal Per Day: Prevention Magazine refers to a recent study in which, “participants who ate while watching TV consumed more food and ate more often—about one extra meal per day.”
6. Colours: Prevention also cites this claim by the Pantone Color Institute: when rooms--especially kitchens and dining rooms—are painted red, orange or yellow, “you are subliminally urging yourself to eat more.”