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Is Your Fridge Making you Fat?

Spring Clean your Fridge

If you see it, you'll eat it. Numerous studies have confirmed that we pop food into our mouths simply because it's there, and that's never truer than at mealtimes. When eating-behavior expert Brian Wansink, Ph.D., of Cornell University surveyed volunteers about how they knew it was time to put down their forks, "feeling full" did score high, but a surprising number also admitted responding to cues like "when my television show is over." We can be equally out of sync when we open the refrigerator. It's too easy to reach for fattening — and often unhealthy — items when they're, well, within easy reach. So use this research to your advantage. Purge your fridge of booby-trap foods and make it easy to graze on or prepare meals from healthy, low-cal choices. And that doesn't mean you have to cook everything from scratch: Our rehabilitated fridge is filled with "dinner in a flash" options.

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