5. Get Some Sun
Your body needs sunlight to produce a very essential feel-good hormone called serotonin, which may lessen your cravings for sugar and other carbs. So when you start longing for sweets, go outside instead, even in the cold weather. It's also a good idea to keep the drapes and shutters open during the day.
6. Don't Store Cookies and Other Treats in Glass Jars
If you keep fatty foods out of sight, it'll be much easier to keep them out of mind. Experts at Cornell University determined that women ate more Hershey's Kisses when the candies were on their desks than when they were in opaque containers or placed farther away.
7. Set Your Fork Down After Every Bite
It takes around 20 minutes for your stomach to send signals to the brain that it's full. So when you eat too quickly, your body doesn't have time to recognize that it's satiated. The consequence: You consume a lot more. To slow down, you can also try switching to chopsticks (they make it much harder to eat huge bites). Or try this experiment in food appreciation: Using a 30-second timer, take a bite only when the bell rings. You'll see how eating slowly will perk up your taste buds.
8. Flick on All the Lights
The dimmer the room, the more you'll eat. Why? One theory is that low lights make you feel more relaxed and less self-conscious. On the flip side, research suggests that the brighter your dining area, the less food you'll likely consume. So consider adjusting the lighting in places where you eat most often.
9. Lose the Anger
If you don't keep this emotion under control, it can make you fat. How? Getting riled raises levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in your body, and that increase can cause you to gain weight. Plus, research suggests that the angrier you get and the more frequently you get angry the more likely you'll be to put on pounds around your waist. (Hostility also ups your risks of cardiovascular problems.) So the next time someone pushes your button, take 10 deep breaths and ask yourself, Is this really that big a deal? Another trick I teach my clients: Close your eyes, slowly press your thumbs into your temples and massage the frustrating moment away.