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5. Hack Your Fridge and Cleanse Your Cabinets

At the Refrigerator:
- Put the healthiest items on the middle shelf, where you're most likely to pick from, according to research in the Journal of Marketing.
- Indulgent foods go in opaque containers. You're less likely to reach for what you can't see.
- Pre-clean and cut fruits and vegetables so they're ready to grab when you open the door.

In Your Cabinets:
- Toss foods with sugar listed among the first three ingredients, including those ending in "ose" (added sugars) and "ol" (sugar alcohols). Leave yourself a favorite treat or two so you don't feel deprived.
- Swap refined carbs for whole grains. It'll help keep your energy levels on an even keel.

A few other stories to read before you clean house:

The 7 Saltiest Foods to Avoid

15 Foods You Had No Idea Were Mostly Sugar

The 4 Worst Foods for Your Skin