New research has found that a possible way to help you lose weight would be by imagining yourself eating sweets.
According to the study undertaken at the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, you can restrict your calorie intake by using your imagination and adopting different visual perspectives.
What research was undertaken?
In the study that was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, researchers found that those people who were instructed to imagine “seeing themselves eating” from a third-person viewpoint, consumed fewer sweets than those who imagined themselves eating from a first-person perspective.
Dr Brittany Christian, who conducted the research along with Professor Neil Macrae and Dr Lynden Miles had this to say about the research:
“I tend to find myself thinking about food quite often. Despite my very best intentions, these thoughts seem to spur unwanted actions – over- indulgence in the very foods I know are best consumed in moderation.”
“We wanted to understand what it was about these thoughts that made food so irresistible and to see if we could alter mental imagery in a way that might help individuals reduce unwanted caloric consumption.”
“According to our research, at least one reason why third-person imagery has these positive benefits is because it strips mental images of the key sensory ingredients – smell & taste – that make food so hard to resist.”
“In short, our work demonstrates the potential for third-person imagery to help you eat fewer calories and spend less money on foods that tempt you.”
“We use our imaginations to help us think about the future and to plan our behaviour in many ways.”
“The good news is, you’re in control of what those mental images look like and changing them doesn’t cost you a thing.”
So what do you think about this research? Personally I can’t see many people being able to use this approach.
There are surely better methods we could use.