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How the 'out of sight, out of mind' diet can help you shed that weight

PUTTING healthy foods at eye level in the fridge could help you lose weight because you eat what you see first, psychologists have found.

Simple changes like moving chocolate out of sight and putting more wholesome foods where they can easily be seen can help dieters to eat better without even realising it.

Serving food on smaller plates and eating in the kitchen or dining room rather than in front of the television can also help you subconsciously reduce the amount you eat without testing your willpower.

Addressing the American Psychological Association yesterday, Dr Brian Wansink said when our mind is on other things we simply eat what is in front of us whether we are hungry or not.

Avoiding "hidden eating traps" like easily accessible junk food, and having meals at the table where we are more aware how much we are eating, can help us lose up to 2lb a month, studies showed.

One experiment at Cornell University found that people pour 37pc more liquid into short, wide tumblers than tall, thin glasses.

Another test in which 60 people were served soup in 650ml bowls, half of which secretly refilled themselves as diners were eating, showed that those with the "bottomless bowls" ate 73 pc more without realising it.

Dr Wansink said: "Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat, and then ask ourselves if we're full.

"The secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you."