Home Designs That Inspire Weight Loss
By Michael Joseph on August 28, 2013
For many of us losing weight is a battle in which we are perpetually on the losing side. All our diets and exercising does not seem to be bringing about the desired result!Instead of depending on sheer willpower, it may be to your advantage to effect a radical change in your lifestyle and habits. This is where our home plays a vital part. The manner in which we decorate and arrange our homes could, to some extent, help us shed those stubborn pounds!
Stop being a couch potato!
The very first thing you can do is to move your television to the room that is least used so the temptation to sit watching for hours is avoided. Continuous television viewing is supposed to be one of the causes of obesity. It can also easily distract you from your goalof losing weight.Discarding the television will enable you to get a good night’s sleep and wake early, fit and eager to embark on your exercise routine.
Use color to your advantage
There has been much discussion and debate recently regarding the effect of colours on human behaviour. Studies, surveys and opinions suggest that certain colours have an effect on our appetites. However, this is all in the realm of conjecture and no scientific proof exists. Most in-depth studies on the subject were done prior to the 1960’s. That being said, in daily life, from a very practical viewpoint we can say with some measure of certainty that some colors are more appealing in certain situations and some are not.
In the field of home décor,blue is indeed a popular color, but it is toted to be an appetite suppressant. Some experts in the weight loss business suggest that using blue crockery, blue table linen and blue lights in the refrigerator could help control your appetite and suppress your desire to gorge. Two quotes often used in support of their contention are given below:
“Blue food is a rare occurrence in nature. There are no leafy blue vegetables, no blue meats and aside from blueberries and a few blue-purple potatoes from remote spots on the globe; blue just does not exist in any significant quantity as a natural food color. Consequently, we don’t have an automatic appetite response to blue. Furthermore, our primal nature avoids foods that are poisonous,” says Professor J.L. Morton.1
Dr Gary Blumenthal, president of International Food Strategies, further explains, “…color and the appeal of various foods is also closely related. Just the sight of food fires neurons in the hypothalamus. Subjects presented food to eat in the dark reported a critically missing element for enjoying any cuisine: the appearance of food. For the sighted, the eyes are the first place that must be convinced before a food is even tried. This means that some food products fail in the marketplace not because of bad taste, texture, or smell but because the consumer never got that far. Colors are significant and almost universally, it is difficult to get a consumer to try a blue-colored food — though more are being marketed for children these days. Greens, browns, reds, and several other colors are more generally acceptable, though they can vary by culture. The Japanese are renowned for their elaborate use of food colorings, some that would have difficulty getting approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States.”2
A word of caution though is needed here. We are social beings and our actions have repercussions on those around us. If blue does indeed work as an appetite suppressant, remember that in our homes there may be children or spouses whose appetites may not require suppressing!
You can experiment with the color therapy for weight loss in areas of the home that may benefit everyone in general, as in a home gym.
Exercise room options
If you have a home gym, decorate itin a way that will inspire you to work out.Use those colors, which will evoke an atmosphere of excitement and energy, which will make working-out a pleasure, not a chore. Consider the size of the room when painting the walls as small places seems smaller when the walls are painted a dark color. Make sure the room gets plenty of natural light and, if it does not, choose light pastel shades for the wall. Ensure that the lights used considerably brighten the room.
Get a good night’s rest
It is important to sleep well as good sleep aids proper digestion of the food you eat which is essential for weight control.Make sure your bedroom is comfortable, decorated in soothingcolors and is a quiet restful place.
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