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Whats on your kitchen counter affects your weight

Is it true that what's on my kitchen counter can influence my weight?

Updated: 2020-07-29

Answer Section

Yes. Your environment influences the types and amounts of food you eat.

Researchers have found that having food visible on kitchen counters is associated with body weight.

In one study, women who had breakfast cereal on their counters weighed 20 pounds (about 9 kilograms) more than those who didn't. Women who had diet or regular soda out weighed 24 to 26 pounds (about 11 to 12 kilograms) more than those who didn't.

On the flip side, women who kept fresh fruit on the kitchen counter weighed about 14 pounds (6.5 kilograms) less than women who didn't.

Men had different triggers. Men who had candy in sight in the kitchen were about 17.5 pounds (8 kilograms) heavier than men who didn't. The visibility of baked goods (cookies, cakes, muffins) also correlated with a few extra pounds (around 1 kilogram) for men.

So take a look at what's out in your kitchen. Remove food cues from countertops. If you have to put food out, make it fresh fruit. Store other foods out of sight. Or take it a step further and stop buying sweets and sodas altogether.