Is there a connection between the amount of clutter in your home and size of your butt? Peter says in many cases there is. "There is this weird connection between clutter in all areas of our homes and clutter we carry in our bodies and on our bodies," he says. The clutter and weight connection is the focus of Peter's latest book Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More.
Peter says without a set of special recipes or a restrictive diet, his book can help people free their homes and waistlines of unwanted excess. "Your head, your heart, your hips and your house are all interconnected, and I really believe that," he says. Peter talks with callers about their clutter and weight problems and offers this advice for ridding your home—and body—of clutter:
Clarify what you want. "You need to make a list of things you want from your life," Peter says.
Focus on the clutter in your home before focusing on your weight. "If your house is not the sanctuary it should be, the haven it should be, then there is no way any other area of your life can come into sync," he says.
Remove "clutter foods" from your pantry. Foods you bought for entertaining friends, such as fancy crackers and special olives, comfort foods like macaroni and cheese and trendy foods that you bought on a whim but never tried, should all be thrown out or donated.
Create a magic triangle in your kitchen. The area of your kitchen connected by the stove, refrigerator and sink is the magic triangle. This area of the kitchen should be used only for cooking and cleaning up after cooking Peter says. "Keep the things you use the most often closest in that triangle—that will help you keep your kitchen clutter to a minimum and also it will help you work more efficiently in your kitchen."
Eat out less and cook in your kitchen more. "When you can control the portions that are not laced with salt and sugar, [that] really makes a huge difference," he says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 11, 2013