With so many New Year’s resolutions that deal with a weight loss intention, I thought I’d shed some light on the aspect of being organized to help lose weight! We’ve already discussed clearing the clutter and chaos for the New Year, so now let’s talk advantages for shedding some of those extra pounds that have accumulated; along with that clutter.
An Organized Environment Can Be Key In Weight Loss
The kitchen can be an extremely distracting environment, that can cause stress and reduce your ability to slim down. If the counters are full of those “piles” of things to take care of, the sink is full of dirty dishes, and the cupboards are exploding with plastic containers that have taken over; it can quickly get overwhelming to the point that you are easily nudged to seek comfort from the chaos in a quick snack from the pantry, that you close behind a door.
A study of 100 women at Cornell University, recently concluded that “stressful and chaotic food environments” can cause people to seek out high-calorie snacks. This affirmed a 2013 study that discovered people in tidy rooms chose healthier snacks than those surrounded by chaos. Many books have been saying for years that; keeping an orderly environment and planning ahead can be just as critical in slimming down; as sticking to a reduced-calorie diet and an exercise routine.
It Helps To Clear The Mental Clutter
Counselors have known for some time that their clients need to clear clutter from their homes, to help clear their mental chaos. When people are always overwhelmed, feel behind and like they can never catch up; it causes stress. When people are chronically stressed, the body creates a surge of hormones that actually increase cravings and hunger throughout the day!
A cluttered and messy home can cause harm to the ability to even plan. Discipline is impaired by all the over stimulation, visual chaos and constant distraction of things needing to be done. People begin to feel out of control in all areas of life, as they can’t keep control of the mess in their own home. It kind of gives them the go ahead to overeat whatever is within reach, like high-calorie junk food. This is turn, leaves them feeling more ashamed and overwhelmed.
Organize That Fridge And Pantry!
I’ve written previous articles to help you get the refrigerator and pantry organized. It’s VERY important, when trying to stick to a routine of a healthy lifestyle. Having the fridge cleared out of left over pizza and sweetsie cola, is a must. Instead, fill the icebox with clean, cut veggies, 100% peanut butter, and fresh fruit that can all be grabbed quickly at a time of snacking emergency!
Nuts are a wonderful source of protein that will stick with you longer than some fried chips or cookies. Purge your pantry of oil laden chips and junk food, and fill it with a variety of tree nuts, peanuts, homemade granola and dried fruits. Don’t keep the empty, high-calorie, quick foods in the house.
Don’t forget the freezer! Fill it with single serving meals or things to be grabbed quickly, such as frozen vegetables, that can be easily thawed and eaten, without preparation. When you do have time to cook, make some extra soup or whatever you’re preparing, to throw into the freezer for the instances when you’re short on time. Always keep a running list on the side of the freezer, to have an inventory of its contents.
Clear Your Work Space
I’ve expressed previously on this site; my love of a clear counter top. It’s not only visually pleasing, but it is extremely practical! When your counter space is piled high with papers and cluttered with unused appliances, you are more likely to feel too overwhelmed to pull out a cookbook to make a healthy recipe. It seems much easier to order in pizza or Chinese food.
With the hardly-ever-used appliances tucked away in a large cupboard, you free space to work. Put the cookie jar far from reach! Now, space is created for the wonderful cutting board to chop vegetables, and the Vita-Mix to blend a healthy soup or fresh juice.
The easier it is to prepare and cook healthy food, the more likely you will be to take the time to create delicious, nutritious meals, instead of grab a drive-thru or order in.
Be prepared ahead of time for a snack attack. Being intentional in your snacking, can save your figure! Make wise purchases at the grocery store. Like I mentioned before, nuts. But also be intentional when eating them. Don’t just grab a big jar of nuts and sit on the couch. When you first return from shopping; divide the nuts into individual portion baggies. Then, when you get an attack, simply grab the appropriate portion of nuts. 12 almonds have about 100 calories.
Also, keep all the healthy snacks front and center in both the refrigerator and pantry. That way, you won’t be digging behind five kinds of cookies, to find a bag of cashews! Eliminate the extreme variety. Find a salty snack you love and a healthier, sweet snack (like dried apricots or even prunes). It’s always difficult to choose what to eat, when there are too many unhealthy choices. Keep it simplified.
If you can keep the portions controlled, you can still have most foods you enjoy. By organizing the amount you eat, you can see great health benefits. Keep a pre-measured amount of each snack item. Another way is keeping a measuring cup in larger containers of cereal, crackers etc. Only take a scoop at a time, and use a separate bowl. Never eat chips, crackers, nuts, etc., straight out of the jar or bag. That’s just good training for anyone wanting to stay healthy and not over eat. We even do this with our daughter; who certainly doesn’t need weight loss.
Tidy Up The Laundry Area
Keeping your laundry room clear of clutter can also go a long way to helping you see success in a healthy life style. Especially if you’re doing daily exercise and using work out clothing. These clothes can pile up and cause more stress, if the laundry room is a complete war zone!
Clear unneeded items in the laundry room. Only keep items there for washing your clothes. If the laundry detergent and fabric softener don’t really have a home, try an over the door rack to hold these items. A nice clear space will be more inviting to keep up with the wash and not let it take over. Dirty workout clothes just provide an excuse to avoid the gym!
I hope this has helped you see that yes, being organized really can, help you lose weight!
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