In a recent scientific study (published in the Addictive Behaviors journal) it has been shown that playing Tetris could help to stop cravings for food.
With the current obesity epidemic this study is good news as anything that could help people to lose a few pounds has got to be welcomed.
What research was undertaken?
For this study the team of researchers from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology and the Plymouth University looked at how this particular game affected the users everyday life, not just its effect on cravings.
For the cravings though, the researchers asked the volunteers (31 undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 27) to text them reports of any cravings felt during the 7 day study.
What did the study discover?
During the study it was shown that just 3 minutes of playing time with the classic video game was enough to reduce cravings by as much as 20%.
Lead researcher Jackie Andrade had this to say about the findings:
“Craving involves imagining the experience of consuming a particular substance or indulging in a particular activity.”
“This is the first demonstration that cognitive interference can be used outside the lab to reduce cravings for substances and activities other than eating.”
How else can you cut food cravings?
There are certainly other ways that can help cut your food cravings. Here are just a few ideas you could use:
- Avoid your triggers; there are obviously certain foods that cause food cravings. Simply try to avoid them
- Eat some nuts; if you suffer from cravings then rather than eating something unhealthy, eat a few nuts instead
- Take a nap; sometimes tiredness can cause food cravings to occur
- Clean your teeth; if your teeth are clean you are unlikely to want to mess them up. Plus those snacks wont taste as nice either, which should put you off
- Use distractions; similar to the above study, you could listen to music or phone a friend, just do something to distract you from those cravings
If you suffer from food cravings and are worrying about the negative effects of weight gain on your health then fear not.
There are certainly ways in which you can reduce these cravings and avoid weight gain, you will likely lose a few pounds in the process too.