Even though watching television has long been thought as being a reason for weight gain, there is now research that has shown it could actually help with your weight issues.
Recently a group of scientists have discovered that viewing a black and white flickering may actually reduce food cravings.
What did the study involve?
This study involved 48 female students at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
Each of the volunteers were asked to record their food cravings along with actual calorie consumption.
One half of the group were given a palmtop computer that would show a flickering black and white image every time that it was tapped.
It was believed that viewing these images would affect the short term memory of the volunteers using a technique known as ‘dynamic visual noise.’
What were the results of this study?
The volunteers who viewed these flickering images reported that their cravings had been reduced by 23% immediately after viewing the images.
This was not the only benefit as there was also a 40% drop in overall calories consumed.
Are there any other similar studies?
Although these types of studies are still in their infancy there have been other studies that have been done to try to beat this obesity epidemic.
One study involved imagining a rainbow whenever you are hungry, whilst another involved imagining the smell of eucalyptus.
Why is this research so important?
There has been a steady rise in obesity over the years and nowadays our hospitals and doctors are struggling with the amount of problems associated with this condition.
Over the past decade hospital admissions have risen tenfold in the NHS alone.
We need to take action today so that we can avoid diabetes, heart disease and an early death.
Perhaps this research will lead to new techniques being discovered and an ability to fight off those food cravings. I guess only time will tell.
Have you got any techniques that you use or have used in the past to help reduce food cravings?
Please leave a message below with your suggestion.