Keeping your groceries out of view and out of the places where you spend the most time can help you lose weight, say the Ohio State University psychologists behind the study. To come to this finding, researchers went into the homes of 100 people, half of whom were obese. They took note of the types of food they kept in their homes, how much they had and where it was stored. After analyzing the data, they found that obese participants were more likely to keep food in plain sight and in the rooms they frequent than their healthy weight counterparts. "It doesn't take a big leap of faith to say if you're spending most of your time where there's more food sitting out to see, that's going to make it harder not to eat," lead research author Charles Emery told NPR’s The Salt.
But it’s important to note that the study just shows an association—not causation. It’s also not clear whether spending time in food-filled environments causes weight gain, or if it’s the other way around. "Potentially, it can go both ways," Emery said. More research is needed before we can know for certain.
In the mean time, however, it couldn’t hurt to reorganize your food stash. If you work from home that might mean keeping snacks out of your office, and if your family tends to congregate in the kitchen, it may benefit your waistline to keep high-cal snacks like chips and cookies tucked away in a cupboard. If you can’t help but keep food around, make sure it’s healthy fare like fruits and veggies—better yet, make it some of the best fruits for weight loss.