Even the most incred­i­ble and cre­ative solu­tions will help in the fight against excess weight.

In the game of chance called los­ing weight, we often lose. Food man­u­fac­tur­ers spend mil­lions find­ing the right col­ors, tastes, smells and pack­ag­ing to ensure we eat as much of their prod­ucts as pos­si­ble. But there’s good news: brain researchers are on your side. In recent years, they have dis­cov­ered sev­er­al tricks to help nip hunger in the bud. Lim­it overeat­ing with the sci­ence-based strate­gies below.

Clean your kitchen

A clut­tered kitchen has more dis­ad­van­tages than you think. Sci­en­tists say peo­ple who have an unor­ga­nized kitchen are more like­ly to reach for an unhealthy snack and eat an aver­age of 100 calo­ries more than those who have a tidy kitchen.

Hang a mirror in the dining room

Peo­ple enjoy junk food less when they eat in front of a mir­ror. As a result, they stop eat­ing ear­li­er. Peo­ple who make health­i­er food choic­es feel bet­ter about them­selves and enjoy eat­ing veg­eta­bles more. Your reflec­tion in the mir­ror seems to hold you respon­si­ble for your choice. And healthy choic­es evoke pos­i­tive emo­tions.

(Read also: 5 Tips to Stay Moti­vat­ed While Los­ing Weight)

Buy food with cash

Don’t buy gro­ceries by bank trans­fer. The time it takes you to fish mon­ey out of your wal­let may make you recon­sid­er your pur­chase. Part­ing with phys­i­cal cash pre­vents many impulse pur­chas­es. Anoth­er tip: go to the super­mar­ket with a bas­ket, not a shop­ping cart. This way you make few­er spon­ta­neous pur­chas­es.

Use dim light

Dimmed light­ing dur­ing meals relieves stress, encour­ages con­ver­sa­tion and lifts your mood. Yes, and you’ll eat less: if you dine in dim light, you’ll spend more time and con­sume 18% few­er calo­ries than if you eat in bright light.

Be careful with fighters

Eat­ing in front of the TV is allowed as long as it is not show­ing an action movie. When watch­ing action films, our appetite increas­es. It has also been observed that movie­go­ers who watch sad films eat 28 to 55 per­cent more pop­corn than those who watch a com­e­dy.

(Read also: 9 signs of weight loss progress that you don’t notice)

Use a long fork

Peo­ple who use short cut­lery tend to eat more food. Ele­gant table­ware will make you eat slow­er and small­er, and you’ll enjoy the process more.

Look for contrast in color

White sauce on top of white pas­ta on a white plate is not a good com­bi­na­tion. When the col­or of the food and plate con­trast with each oth­er, you have more con­trol over how much you eat. You can also use plates with a blue bor­der, for exam­ple. In such dish­es the por­tions seem larg­er.

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