Trick Yourself Into Eating Less By Imagining Eating The Whole Bag

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Overeating is all too easy to do if we don't plan ahead to avoid overeating or pay attention while we eat. Our imaginations, however, can be a great tool for preventing us from eating too much.

Whole Living Daily advises that the next time you're so hungry you could eat an entire bag of chips, imagine yourself actually finishing the whole thing; this little trick could prevent you from overindulging. A study published in Science found that people who visualised eating a lot of M&Ms wound up eating fewer of them than those who visualised either doing a mundane task or eating just a few M&Ms. The theory:

the act of imagining helps acclimate the brain to whatever food you're craving, so that you are less motivated to eat more when you actually eat it

Prevent Overeating with a Simple Trick [Whole Living Daily]


    Yeah... i don't think this would work for me. I already pick up a big bag of doritos, imagine myself eating the whole bag, then following through with it :)

    I just imagined eating the whole bag, and it tasted like a bag.

    And Bugger me. Just finished a bag for breakfast before reading this!

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