While it comes to eating healthy, sugar is the one thing that often causes our downfall.
A little preparation and batch-cooking makes it easier to make balanced choices for breakfast and lunch, and the options are endless when it comes to tasty dinner options, but we just can’t seem to say no to our sneaky snacks.
From a cupcake in the office to beat off the 3pm slump to a few squares (or bars!) of chocolate on the couch in front of Corrie, the cravings can take over and undo all our hard work.
Luckily, a nifty little trick to overcoming those moments of weakness has been revealed.
Researchers at the University Of Boston discovered that we already have the secret to staying on the sugar-free wagon… it’s all in our heads.
Mr Micheal Mosley recently discussed the method in his Brit Lab video, How To Control Your Cravings.
“The idea is that if you just imagine eating these foods, as opposed to actually eating them, then this will reduce your cravings,” he said.
Too good to be true, right?
Well, the trials seem to back it up.
A group of 200 chocolate lovers took part in a study whereby one section were asked to imagine eating the chocolate three times and another section to imagine eating it 30 times.
Those involved had to imagine tasting chewing and swallowing the chocolate in front of them and it was found that the second group went on to eat 40 per cent less actual chocolate.
The science behind it is that when you eat something you really like, your body responds by releasing dopamine into your system. However, the more you eat, the less it releases.
“So the idea behind this technique is that if you imagine eating 30 bits, by the time you get to the 30th bit your brain has become habituated.
“You are bored, not just of the imaginary food, but the actual food as well.”
We’ll definitely be trying this!