Weight loss is a very popular topic in America, especially during the week after Thanksgiving. Over indulgence seems to have been on every menu last week. But really, how can we resist that second turkey sandwich before we turn in? The right color can help.
We all know that wearing black can be slimming. This is our go-to color, after the fact. But what about before we even lift a fork?
There is colorful news for those of us who did not resist temptation last week: color can have a significant affect on appetite. Color psychology tells us that blue is the new Richard Simmons (the happy man who brought gold Lamé to the fitness world) of weight loss. Really.
Blue can help you lose weight.
According to Gary Blumenthal from International Food Strategies:
Color and the appeal of various foods is also closely related. Just the sight of food fires neurons in the hypothalamus. Subjects presented food to eat in the dark reported a critically missing element for enjoying any cuisine: the appearance of food. For the sighted, the eyes are the first place that must be convinced before a food is even tried. This means that some food products fail in the marketplace not because of bad taste, texture, or smell but because the consumer never got that far. Colors are significant and almost universally it is difficult to get a consumer to try a blue-colored food… Greens, browns, reds, and several other colors are more generally acceptable, though they can vary by culture.
- Some diet plans would recommend eating your food on a blue plate. If blue is a color that you don’t want to associate with food, it would only make sense that you won’t eat as much if you are eating your food on a blue plate.
- Another idea is to put a blue light in your refrigerator. Then, when you open your refrigerator to get food out, you already you won’t grab as much. You can use that blue light bulb, but this time put it in your dining room.
- If you’re making food, you can put dye into the food. It’s another way to incorporate the blue. The thought of eating blue pancakes or blue noodles probably doesn’t sit too well with you. So, already adding the color blue is making you lose your appetite.
At Comfort Colors, we like to suggest: Blue Jean, Blue Spruce, Midnight, Denim, Flo Blue and Ice Blue. They could work wonders for you.
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