Is your toaster making you fat?

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    A clean kitchen that features fruit prominently is a winning combo for those looking to improve their health and weight. (Shutterstock Image)

    A clean kitchen that features fruit prominently is a winning combo for those looking to improve their health and weight. (Shutterstock Image)

    Brian Wansink of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab on helpful tips to reconfigure your kitchen and drop some pounds in the process.

    Is the treadmill and elimination of junk food just not working in your weight loss routine? Maybe it’s time to try something extra in the kitchen.

    Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, talks about his latest book, “Slim by Design: Mindless eating solutions for everyday life.” In it, Wansink discusses simple ways to redesign our kitchens to help us eat healthier and lose weight. Here are some of his tips:

    • De-clutter your kitchen• Serve any entrée or starch from the counter or stove instead of having them on the table• Don’t keep your toaster on your counter• Keep fruit in the front of the center shelf in your refrigerator• Always have at least six single servings of protein available• Make sure to eat dinner at the kitchen or dining room table or counter, and never in front of the TV• Use 9 to10 inch plates—smaller plates equal smaller portions• Forget white plates – go for some color!

    How are these methods supposed to help make us skinnier? Listen to Wansink’s interview to find out.

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