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

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

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

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