No doubt by now we are all aware that losing weight is not a one-time task. It is part of the bigger picture—living a healthy lifestyle. SLIM BY DESIGN is a book that incorporates a mindset for mindless eating solutions that you can apply in your everyday life. People need to get rid of the idea that once you reach a goal weight, that the work is over. It is just beginning, folks.
The author, Brian Wansink, Ph.D., approaches weight loss with one gigantic idea—by setting up your living environment, you will be more successful at naturally losing weight. His revelations are based on his own research. The book “reveals how inexpensive design changes…can make it mindlessly easy for people to eat healthier and make it more profitable for the companies that sell the food.” Now that is a concept we have not heard.
Dr. Wansink believes that we can get children to reach for fruit instead of a high-calorie dessert, that restaurants can still be profitable by offering half-size portions, and that supermarkets can sell even more fruits and vegetables, and that weight watchers can still lose weight by cutting their refills at home. A typical restaurant entrée is three servings, and people usually clean their plates. Learn what a portion is, and you will then see that what is on your plate makes for two leftover meals.
Let’s take his kitchen makeover, for example. Many of us do much more in the kitchen than prepare meals or eat. You have your iPad in the kitchen, even a laptop and, of course, a TV. You might even have some comfortable chairs around your island. His solution is: Make your kitchen less loungeable and more efficient! What a great concept. Some moves to do that include, making your food invisible. Put the less desirable foods out of sight. Remove that candy dish and replace it with a bowl of fruit. Better yet, don’t even bring the candy into the house. He tells us to rearrange our cupboards, pantries, and refrigerators so that the good stuff is what you see first when you open those areas up. If the fruit is front and center, that is what you are going to eat.
Another kitchen tip is to quit buying in bulk. Studies show that when people stocked up on things from the big-box clubs, they ate half of it in the first week. If you are going to “stock up,” then break down the packages into single servings by repackaging the bulk bags.
There are many, many more tips for making over your kitchen—none requires spending any money. It is a matter of design. There are redesign chapters on snack-proofing, restaurant dining, your office and workplace, lunchrooms, and even buffets. And there is an assessment you can take to see just how your home is designed to sabotage your weight-loss efforts. It is not just an educational read, it is a fun read, too!
Check out your local library for a copy of this easy-to-read and practical comprehensive plan to make losing weight a no-brainer. The Albuquerque Library carries this book, too.