MAKE A FIST TO SQUASH CRAV­INGS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B+S -

Here’s an easy way to re­sist eat­ing that dough­nut: Make a fist. Tight­en­ing your mus­cles while con­sid­er­ing your food choices makes you more likely to pick a health­ier op­tion, a study in the Jour­nal of Con­sumer Re­search re­veals. The the­ory is that be­cause we of­ten tense up when ex­ert­ing willpower, the phys­i­cal ac­tion alone will sub­con­sciously ac­ti­vate our men­tal tough­ness. Other sci­en­tif­i­cally proven ways to beat crav­ings in­clude play­ing a video game for three min­utes, or go­ing for a brisk 15-minute walk.

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