Fat Head? New Study Shows Thinking About Food Can Reduce Cravings For Food

A new study suggests that common wisdom on dieting may be wrong. Many people try to avoid thinking about food but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that imaging yourself eating foods can reduce your cravings . . . but does it give you a fat head?

The study suggests that you may want to imagine yourself eating the food. under the theory that the “tenth bite of chocolate . . . is desired less than the first bite.” Carey Morewedge, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh led the study.

We just took the kids to New York and stopped by Dylan’s candy store. Their use of their imaginations in consuming the candy did not appear to register any reduction in my own field experimentation. They started with the chocolate fountain and eat their way through the giant lollipops. Of course, I did not try suggesting that we all “eat in our minds” — largely out of fear of being thrown into a nearby wood chipper and then scattered in Central Park.

Source: National Geographic

12 thoughts on “Fat Head? New Study Shows Thinking About Food Can Reduce Cravings For Food

  1. “I did not try suggesting that we all “eat in our minds” — largely out of fear of being thrown into a nearby wood chipper and then scattered in Central Park.” -Jonathan Turley

    And this is why we just keep comin’ back for more. Thanks for the first laugh of the day…

  2. Of course, I did not try suggesting that we all “eat in our minds”…..

    I suppose it will eat at your mind after awhile….

  3. David “Fathead” Newman, Ray Charles’ saxophonist, had a mainstream hit with the “13th Floor.” Wilt Chamberlain wore number 13. Just some raw data to help the “research.”

  4. Seriously, this method works for celibacy, too. If you think about sex constantly, you’ll never have any.

  5. Hah! If I think about the candy shown in the above picture, I will immediately start nibbling. I think these Mellon heads need to go back to the drawing board.

  6. rafflaw 1, May 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hah! If I think about the candy shown in the above picture, I will immediately start nibbling. I think these Mellon heads need to go back to the drawing board

    lol – thanks, rafflaw… (true on my end, as well.)

  7. “The study suggests that you may want to imagine yourself eating the food. under the theory that the “tenth bite of chocolate . . . is desired less than the first bite.”

    Poppycock … to a true chocoholic like me, the tenth bite is just as good, if not better, than the first bite …

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