Thursday, December 9, 2010

Use Your Imagination

The opposite of mindless eating:

[Research indicates that] indulging thoughts of eating a particular food may help us to eat less of the real thing.

The finding could mean a rethink of weight management and drug treatment programmes, because these usually emphasise avoidance of thoughts of the desired item, rather than encouragement of them. "We believe this is the first research to show the imagination can decrease the attraction of any initially attractive stimulus," says Joachim Vosgerau at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, part of the team that conducted the research.

"When you quit smoking you constantly get those urges, you're trying to suppress the thoughts," says Vosgerau. "According to our theory, you should do the opposite and imagine doing it, drag by drag."
I'm not sold. I think about eating macadamia nuts all day, and I'm still stuffing m

Excuse me. I need to go eat some mac nuts.

(Source: New Scientist)