Food proximity is another no brainer that you need to be aware of. If you are sitting next to a bag of candy that you can easily reach, it is very likely that you will eventually eat some of it.
Foods that can not be seen are a lot less likely to get eaten. That means you should keep the pantry doors closed, cookie jars hidden, and any other treat spots hidden. Sugary treats should not be a daily food choice. They should only be a once a month thing and it would be good to avoid them completely.
Healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, should be easy to be seen and eaten. This will allow you to fill up on healthy items that will make you healthy. It is very difficult to become overweight from eating healthy foods so don't be concerned with overconsumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Do you keep fruits and vegetables in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator? You might as well call that the rotting drawer because people don't think to open it to find fresh items. Instead, put them out in a fruit bowl where people may find them and eat them. Then, you can put your cookies and stuff in the crisper drawer.
We all know about food proximity, but do we actually do it well. Many of us know about it, but don't really understand the true importance. You are definitely going to eat a lot more calories if bad food is convenient and “in your face”. Try and develop a plan that is serious and that treats food proximity like it will really make a difference.