Lose Weight-By Fantasizing About Food!

Thinking about food can help you drop pounds.

Lose Weight—By Fantasizing About Food!

Thinking about food can help you drop pounds.

-Jane Farrell

Chocolate cake

Obsessing about food is supposed to be bad for dieters, but now researchers are saying that it actually helps weight-loss goals if you think—and think—about what you’d love to be eating.

Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University asked their subjects to think about eating M&Ms, over and over again. Other groups were told to visualize eating just a few M&Ms, or none at all. Once the experiment was over, all the subjects were offered bowls of M&Ms.

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The researchers found, according to Newser, that those who indulged in mental fantasies about chocolate ate about half as much as did those who thought much less about the goodies.

The reason, said study leader Carey Morwedge: “Thought suppression tends to sensitize people to cravings. A better way to deal with cravings might be to indulge them.” He also said that repetition is key – you have to imagine eating the treat repeatedly.

So go ahead – think about that chocolate cake all you want! (newser)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.


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