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TheDailyMeal: Mind Tricks to Fool Yourself Into Eating Less

Keep Your Food Out of Reach

Convenience and visibility significantly affect how much we eat, according to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Public Health. Researchers created three testing conditions: In one, a container of chocolate candy "kisses" was placed on top of the participants' desks; in the second, the container was placed in the participants' desk drawer; and in the third, the container was visible but inconveniently placed on a shelf 2 meters (approximately 6.6 feet) away, forcing the participants to get up and leave the desk to get their hands on the chocolate. On average, the participants with candies on their desk ate 2.9 more candies than those with the candy in their drawer, and ate 5.6 more than those who had to walk 2 meters to reach them. Since convenience and visibility both affected candy consumption, it would be ideal to keep your snacks out of reach and out of sight.

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