A recent study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University shows that imagining eating a certain type of food works much better than suppressing all thoughts of it in order to avoid overindulgence.
Several dozen participants took part in a variety of different experiments during the course of the study. In instances where the subjects imagined repeatedly eating a particular food, researchers noticed either a decrease in the desire or in consumption of that food when compared to those who didn’t use repeat mental imagery.
Researchers who led this study are confident that the conclusions presented will ultimately be valuable in helping to find ways for people to make healthier choices in other areas of their life. If this type of visualization is effective for reducing cravings for food it may also be effective for reducing the desire for unhealthy beverages, dangerous drugs or other unhealthy behaviors.
Imagination may be a simple way to help curb some cravings, but in order to be as healthy as possible you’ll still need to make wise choices and participate in regular exercise. Consult your doctor or health care provider for some other easy to implement strategies for adopting a healthier diet. Your health care provider should also be able to offer a number of suggestions for safe and effective exercise programs that will help you to maintain a healthy weight.