Ever wondered why fast foods and restaurants are seldom painted blue? Haven’t it occurred to you to ask why McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut choose red as their color?
Well, colors are believed to trigger various emotional responses. Researchers and proponents of chromology believe that colors have the power to influence our feelings and emotions as well as appetite.
So, are you ready to know how to lose weight with colors? Below are the ways you can use colors to effective weight loss.
Paint ‘em BLUE
In one of Crowd Control’s social experiment aired at The National Geographic Channel, researchers take on the over-eating problem in the U.S. They went on a buffet at a truck stop in New Jersey and replaced the restaurant’s large plates with small ones as well as changed every decoration in the room with color blue – including curtains and tablecloth. And the result? The numbers of diners who return for their second plate were significantly reduced.
The researchers are not exactly sure why, but one possible reason is that because blue is a soothing color. One diner interviewed said that the change in the room’s ambiance made him feel relax, allowing him to slow down and pay attention to his food.
Another possible explanation is that blue is an unnatural color. There are so few blue foods in nature that we subconsciously avoid them. This is why some people lose their appetite when eating on a blue plate. So, if you want to avoid mindless munching, paint your kitchen and dining room blue!
Use Color Contrast
Mindless eaters are at high risk to weight gain and obesity. There’s one effective solution to this problem, use plates that are in contrast to your food.
Using contrasting colors when eating can help you gauge and control your serving portion. Research from Cornell University found that people ate about 20% more pasta in white Alfredo sauce when it was served on a matching white plate, and ate less on a red plate. Scientists believe that color contrast helps make the brain be more mindful of each bite and aware of portion sizes.
Sort Food by Color
One of the best ways to cut down junk food consumption is to sort foods in your pantry or fridge according to color, putting the healthy ones in the most accessible area and unhealthiest ones in hard-to-reach area.
This system was implemented by a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, where foods in the hospital’s cafeteria were arranged according to color – green (healthy foods), yellow (less-healthy), and red (little nutritional value). Results of the experiment showed a decline in the sales of red items like soda and a rise in green items like low-fat dairy and water.