If you've ever confronted an overly messy room, you know how it can send your stress levels soaring. First, there's the clutter itself, which doesn't give your eye a restful spot to gaze upon. Then there's the thought of cleaning up--the where-to-start-first fatigue that sets in almost immediately. (That's when you call in your husband, or kids.)
It turns out that clutter has another negative effect--and this one is bad for your waistline. Too much mess can up the calories you consume, a study just published in Environment and Behavior found. Researchers at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab took 101 women and split them up into two groups. One group waited in a messy kitchen, the other in a neat one. Both sets of kitchens had bowls of cookies, crackers, and carrots. The women who waited in the messier spot ate twice as many cookies as the other group.
"Being in a chaotic environment and feeling out of control is bad for diets. It seems to lead people to think, 'Everything else is out of control, so why shouldn't I be?'" noted one of the researchers.
The bottom line: If you need to shed pounds, try decluttering first. It can't hurt--AND you'll have a neater eating area at the end!
In the meantime, check out what women who've lost A LOT of weight eat for breakfast below!
Eggs only have up to 75 calories each–giving you the low-calorie protein hit that you need to get you through the day.
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