By Dr. Mercola

According to recent research, the types of ready-to-eat foods you leave in plain sight on your kitchen counters can be used to predict your weight.

According to Professor Brian Wansink, who specializes in how house design affects eating habits, this is one of the ways in which you may trick yourself into gaining weight.

If a food is left out, you’re far more apt to eat it than if it’s tucked away in a cupboard, so what you leave out can make a significant difference in your overall diet and, ultimately, your weight and health. As reported by the Epoch Times:1

“The study2,3 looked at photographs of more than 200 kitchens in Syracuse, New York, to test how the food environment relates to the body mass index (BMI) of the adults at home.

The women in the study who kept fresh fruit out in the open tended to be a normal weight compared with their peers.

But when snacks like cereals and sodas were readily accessible, those people were heavier than their neighbors — by an average of more than 20 pounds. 

‘It’s your basic See-Food Diet — you eat what you see,’ says Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and lead author of the paper in the journal Health Education and Behavior.”

Soda and Breakfast Cereal Top List of Obesity-Related Foods

Those who kept soda out in the open and within easy reach weighed an average of 24 to 26 pounds more than those who didn’t.

And while processed breakfast cereals are widely advertised as being healthy for your heart and weight, people who kept cereal on their counters weighed an average of 20 pounds more than those who didn’t have cereal in their counter.

This study is hardly an example

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