Why You Should Keep Candy Out of Sight
Ever sat down next to a bowl of candy and tried to eat just one piece? Not easy, is it?
But what if that bowl weren't so convenient? That's what one study tried to find out.
Researchers filled dishes with chocolate candy and put them at various locations in an office. For one week, the treats were placed on the workers' desks. The next week, they were moved to inside a desk drawer. And the third week, to the top of a file cabinet six feet from the workers.
When the candy dish was sitting right on their desks, the workers ate about nine chocolates a day. When they had to open a drawer to get to the sweets, they ate six pieces. And when the candy was farthest away, they ate only four.
The longer it took the workers to get to the candy, the more time they had to think about whether they really wanted it.
Now nine little chocolates might not sound like a lot, but it adds up to 225 extra calories a day, or 1,125 calories a week. Three weeks of eating that much candy, and you'd put on about a pound.
So if you have a sweet tooth and like to have candy around, try to keep it out of reach. Or better yet, fill up that dish on your desk with fruit instead. Just make sure your co-workers leave some for you!
This entry last modified on: January 24, 2013 5:20 PM
About the Video
Why is it so hard to resist the temptation when a bowl of candy is sitting in front of you? Dr. Bruce Dan shows you why out-of-sight means out-of-mind when it comes to eating sweets.