Nutrition Use your brain to lose those festive pounds
Losing a few pounds in the new year means knuckling down and doing the hard work. But you also have to put your mind to it
IF CUTTING BACK on calories is part of your new year plan, weigh in with some superior brainpower to make things easier…
Step on the scales every day People who weighed themselves daily lost more weight over 12 weeks than those who did not, found researchers from Stanford University, US.
Be reflective If you’re on the edge of a binge, take a good look at yourself – literally. Research from the University of Central Florida, US, found eating unhealthy foods in front of a mirror curbed consumption, which didn’t happen when subjects saw themselves eating healthy food.
Flex your willpower A study in the Journal of Consumer Research found people were better able to resist unhealthy fare when they flexed their muscles. The researchers believe that the brain may make an association between firm muscles and firm willpower. Tickets to the big gun show, anyone? No? Fair enough.
GREY MATTERS Get your head around the fact that your brain can help you cut calories