8 Oddly Effective Weight Loss Tips That Are Backed By Science

In the game of weight loss, the deck is stacked against you. Food marketers have spent millions researching colors, flavors, scents, and packaging in order to find the best ways of getting you to eat more.

But in the past few years, brain researchers have discovered some tricks to help suppress your hunger. You can trump the urge to overeat with these science-supported strategies.

1. HANG A MIRROR IN YOUR DINING ROOM.

Research shows that people who eat in front of a mirror enjoy junk food less and as a result, eat less of it.

However, people who sat down to a healthy meal actually felt better about themselves — plus they got more enjoyment out of their veggies. The researchers figure your reflection holds you accountable for your choices and healthy choices spark positive emotions.

2. CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN.

Spending just 10 minutes in a cluttered, disorganized kitchen made volunteers more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks like cookies, according to a study in Environment and Behavior.

They ate about 100 more calories — all of it junk — compared to people in a tidy kitchen (who were more likely to choose carrots to nosh on).

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