Out­smart any temp­ta­tion

First For Women - - Insight -

Next time the con­fer­ence room donuts are call­ing your name, take a mo­ment to pic­ture your crav­in­gre­lated thoughts (I re­ally want a glazed one!) as snowflakes fall­ing in a for­est or birds tak­ing flight.

In a study in the jour­nal Ap­petite, women crav­ing choco­late who used this vi­su­al­iza­tion tech­nique ex­pe­ri­enced fewer urges to in­dulge and found that their han­ker­ing quickly be­came less in­tense, mak­ing it much eas­ier to take a pass. The au­thors say this tech­nique, called cog­ni­tive de­fu­sion, in­ter­rupts the flow of tan­ta­liz­ing images flood­ing your brain, less­en­ing their power to per­suade you to give in.

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