According to a new study published in the journal ‘Appetite’ playing a quick 3 minute game of Tetris can cut food cravings by almost a quarter (24%).
Professor Jackie Andrade, who conducted the research with Jon May, from Plymouth University’s Cognition Institute, and PhD student Jessica Skorka-Brown had this to say about the discovery:
“Episodes of craving normally only last a few minutes, during which time an individual is visualising what they want and the reward it will bring.”
“Often those feelings result in the person giving in and consuming the very thing they are trying to resist. But by playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades.”
What did the study involve?
The participants of the study were asked to say if they had any cravings and what they were, along with rating them in terms of strength, vividness and intrusiveness.
These participants were split into 2 groups, with 1 allowed to play Tetris, with the second group told to sit in front of a screen that was attempting to load the game (but ultimately not allowed to play it).
After just 3 minutes the participants were again asked to rate their cravings, with those who played Tetris experiencing fewer cravings.
Professor Andrade had this to say about the findings:
“Feeling in control is an important part of staying motivated, and playing Tetris can potentially help the individual to stay in control when cravings strike.”
“It is something a person can quickly access for the most part whether they are at work or at home, and replaces the feeling of stress caused by the craving itself.”
This study just goes to show that if you experience any food cravings you should not immediately give into them. Take a minute to do something else, whether it is a game of Tetris or another simple task.
Taking your mind off the cravings just for a short period can alleviate them, which is essential if you are looking to lose a little weight.