If your family members’ waistlines are widening, your dining space might be partly to blame. Seriously. According to experts, the design of your eating area can have a significant impact on your consumption habits. Acclaimed interior designer and author Roderick Shade offers five subtle shifts to help you fend off the extra pounds. –by Kyra Kyles
1. Do the Dishes
Next time you head to the store, pick up some downsized dinner plates. “Don’t use the giant, buffet variety,” Shade says of the 10-inch standard. “I purchase 7-inch plates so I can pile it up and still eat much less. It’s a psychological trick.”
2. Color Block
Avoid shades that mimic the décor of fast food restaurants. “Those quick-serve places are often in oranges, reds and yellows… colors that make you excited and hungry,” Shade notes.
3. Get Fresh
Make it easier for your brood to reach for fruits and veggies, rather than sweet snacks and candies. Shade suggests investing in refrigerated drawers, which you can install in kitchen islands, and stock with Mother Nature’s finest.
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