Is Your House Making You Fat?
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Is Your House Making You Fat?

Could your home be sabotaging your weight-loss goals? Take this quiz to find out.

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Is Your House Making You Fat?
Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating in dimly-lit rooms makes you likely to eat less food.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Dark environments actually make people more likely to binge eat. Research found that darkened rooms lower inhibitions about eating, and people tend to consume more food.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 2 of 20 Correct

What size plate should you eat from to avoid overeating?

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The correct answer is: To avoid overeating (and all the extra calories), serve your meals on 9-inch salad plates instead of 13-inch dinner plates. Less food fits on the plate, so you don't have to eat as much to empty your plate.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which glass shape will help you pour 30 percent less drink?

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The correct answer is: If you stock your dish cabinets with short, wide glasses, you may be serving up extra calories from your beverages: People who poured beverages into short, wide glasses poured an average 30 percent more than people who poured into tall, skinny glasses.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: As long as you eat from a smaller plate, the serving bowl size won't affect how much you eat.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While eating from a smaller plate helps, serving from smaller platters and bowls will help even more. Research shows that people who serve themselves food from large bowls or platters will take about 50 percent more food than people who serve themselves from smaller bowls. They'll also eat 50 percent more of the food they take than the people who served themselves from smaller bowls -- and consequently eat about 140 calories more.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which eating utensil will help you eat less?

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The correct answer is: Eating with chopsticks can help you eat less. That's because using chopsticks forces you to slow down, eat deliberately and take smaller bites. You'll rest more in between bites and give your stomach time to tell your brain that it's getting full.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 6 of 20 Correct

Where should you store fruit to help you eat more of it?

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The correct answer is: You'll eat more fruit -- and encourage your family to do the same -- if you store fruit where it's easily seen, such as in a bowl on the kitchen table or at eye-level in the fridge.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 7 of 20 Correct

Where should you store junk food to help you eat less?

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The correct answer is: If you have to keep junk food in your house, make sure to store it all in one cupboard, in an out-of-sight and hard-to-reach location. But the less junk food you have to store, the better. It is easier to eat healthfully if you keep junk food out of the house.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Standing in your kitchen and rushing to eat will help you eat less.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The faster you eat the more you eat, so use a clock if you have to. It takes up to 20 minutes for your brain to realize you're full, so if you eat slowly, your brain and body will have enough time to catch up with one another so you can eat more slowly, which will reduce how much you eat.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these tactics can help you eat less?

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The correct answer is: To eat more slowly, take a sip of water between every one or two bites. Not only does it slow you down but it also helps you eat less and keep you from feeling uncomfortably full.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Keeping a pitcher of water on your table can help you drink more water.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research shows that people who keep water pitchers on their dining table drink more water than when the water pitcher is farther away.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 11 of 20 Correct

How long should you take to eat one meal?

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The correct answer is: Thirty minutes is an ideal length for a meal -- having the extra time helps you pace your eating, which gives your brain time to communicate with your stomach and prevent overeating.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can better monitor how much you eat if you eat from larger, bulk-size packages.

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The correct answer is: This is false. People who eat from bulk-sized packages eat more without realizing it. To avoid overeating, pre-portion bulk size packages into individual servings and put them in small plastic bags.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who eat at a table eat less.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Eating dinner at the table isn't just good for family unity. It can help you and your family eat less since it helps everyone pay attention to what they're eating. Try staying at the table for at least 30 minutes to reap the benefits.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which container type will help you eat less candy?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that people will eat more than twice as many candies when they are in clear containers than when they are in opaque containers.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How far should you put a candy dish from you to help you eat less?

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The correct answer is: Keeping your candy dish at least six feet away will help you eat fewer candies, and if that candy dish is also opaque, you'll eat even fewer high-calorie sweets.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these scents can help you eat fewer calories?

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The correct answer is: The scent of peppermint may help you eat less. Research has found that people who inhale the minty scent every couple of hours experience greater appetite suppression and eat less overall.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Music can make you overeat.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Soft, comforting music as well as loud, irritating noise can make people overeat — but for two different reasons. The soft, comforting music encourages people to linger longer at a table, eat more, and even have another glass of wine or dessert. When people eat around loud, irritating noises, they often eat their food very rapidly, which causes them to overeat and consume more than they would normally.

Is Your House Making You Fat?
Question 18 of 20 Correct

What color room will help you eat less?

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The correct answer is: You'll eat less if you eat in a blue room than if you eat in a red or yellow room. Research suggests red and yellow make food appear more appetizing, while people consume less in a blue room.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When should your kitchen close to prevent overeating?

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The correct answer is: Sneaking into the kitchen to snack after dinner just adds more calories to your day. If possible, close the kitchen every night after dinner. Start by working your way backwards hour by hour from your bed time, and close the kitchen one hour before bed time. Hopefully you'll be able to close your kitchen multiple nights a week, many hours before bedtime within the first few months of business!

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you exercise in front of a mirror, you'll feel better about yourself when you're done.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Women who exercise in front of a mirror feel worse about themselves and have a lower self-esteem after the workout than women who do not exercise in front of a mirror. The worse you feel, the less likely you are to get up and get moving.

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