There are a lot of things that we take control of in our day-to-day lives. Choosing to bike or carpool to work, picking out an outfit in the morning, selecting one coffee shop over another (and that's just all before 9 a.m.!). And while you may think your personal mission to lose weight is just that, entirely reliant on your own choices, the truth is that there are a whole lot of external factors outside of your control that effect your personal journey.
That's right: External factors have an equal, if not greater impact on America's growing waistline. Get this: Your chance of becoming obese increases by 37 percent if your spouse is obese, 40 percent if your sibling is obese, and 57 percent if one of your close friends is obese.
That's where Harvard researchers Dr. Walter Willett and Dr. Malissa Wood, authors of the new book Thinfluence, come in. According to Willett and Wood, taking control of your personal food environment can help set the stage for a healthier weight. That's right, your food environment. Whether it is inside your home, in your immediate neighborhood, or in your community as a whole, the foods you surround yourself with play a major role in how you manage your weight, no matter who you're interacting with in the process.
The good news? You can take things into your own hands in your own home, and the steps you take toward a healthier home food environment need not to be extreme. Check out 4 simple food environment "home improvements" from Thinfluence that you can make today: