There are multiple different factors that play a role in weight loss. Not only do you have to pay attention to your diet and your daily intake of calories and macronutrients, but there's also exercise, sleep, and hydration to think about. But recent studies show that your environment can actually have a big impact on your weight-loss goals.
A study published in the journal Environment and Behavior found that chaotic environments can have a negative effect on your health in the long run. "Stressful experiences can impact health-related behaviors, and each of these behaviors in turn has implications for individuals' health," according to the research released. "Stress can also have an important impact on food intake, particularly among women."
A total of 101 women were placed in either a standard kitchen or a messy, cluttered kitchen. Leaders of this study found that the participants who were "in the chaotic kitchen condition and the out-of-control mind-set condition" ate more cookies than the women who were in cleaner, more organized kitchens. In fact, they ended up eating an extra 70 calories in one sitting than the women who were placed in a more put-together space.
The way we react to situations depends on our frame of mind, and this study found that a chaotic, disorganized environment can lead to behavioral and diet choices that cause weight gain. More specifically, being in a cluttered kitchen will likely make you reach for junk food, processed snacks, and pretty much anything packed with refined sugar.
Moral of the story? Clean up your house, especially your kitchen! Organize your drawers and cabinets, throw out old food, and create a clean space where you can feel calm and in control of yourself. Whether it's a daily five-minute clean up in the morning or a deep clean on the weekend, organizing your space can go a long way and make a big impact on your weight-loss journey.