Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 9 of 120

This is an excerpt from Fitness Magazine/February 2011

Next time you're staring at the pastry case, willing yourself not to order a piece of cake, make a fist. 

A new study finds that when your self-control is tested, tightening your muscles can nudge you toward the healthier option.  "People often tense their muscles when exerting willpower, so doing so in the face of temptation helps them resist the indulgence," says study author Aparna Labroo, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at the University of Chicago.  It doesn't matter which muscle you use, but timing is key.  Wait for the moment you have to make a decision, or it's not as effective. 

I don't always believe the "studies" they do but I found this interesting.  I figure it can't hurt!! 

Breakfast = 185
Snack = 100
Lunch = 350
Snack = 75
Wrap = 470

Total calories = 1180


  1. I've been reading about similar studies lately. One showed that acts of kindness/generosity helped you keep your willpower later on when you were tempted by something. And I also read about using muscle strength to keep your resolve. Interesting stuff!


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