Overeating is a problem, and obesity in America is on the rise. It is believed that two connected factors are cravings and getting into the habit of continuing to eat whether or not one actually needs to. However, cravings can be tamed by simply going through the process of eating it in your mind. A study of five experiments found that when subjects were given a bowl of M&Ms, those who imagined eating them beforehand ate far fewer. However, imagining eating chocolate won’t curb a craving for pizza; the study reports that thinking about eating one food won't stop a craving for another. It is believed that this kind of imaging sensations beforehand may eventually be used to assists addicts in stopping their habits.
The full article can be found on National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101209-chocolate-obesity-science-mind-diet-weight-loss-eat-food/
Author: Reau Autera
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