Thought Suppression and Overeating
Trying to suppress thoughts of a craved food can cause you to eat even more of it at the first opportunity. That’s what St. George’s University of London researchers concluded after observing 116 chocolate-tasting female undergraduates. The women had been divided into three groups. One group was told to think about anything but chocolate for five minutes, another group was told to think about only chocolate, and the third group was told to think about whatever they wanted. Later, when the women were asked to compare two brands of chocolate in a taste test, the group of thought suppressors took a few extra bites…just to be sure.
You can read more about the just-don’t-think-about-it study on NCBI’s web site.
Relevance to Natural Weight Loss:
Weight Loss Tip: Instead of trying to suppress thoughts of food you are craving, use this visualization trick.