We all know how it goes. You're working away at your desk, minding your own business, when BANG that 3pm craving takes hold. Well, the fascinating world of food craving research has some suggestions to help you break free.
These truly odd tricks may be what helps you stop those cravings and keep your weight loss goals on track!
Looks like nothing, right? It is called dynamic visual noise (DVN). What you are seeing is a complex visual pattern. If you clicked on the link, you no doubt realize that when you see a DVN, it is hard for your brain to process anything else. A study in the journal Appetite
found that watching DVN on a smartphone successfully reduced food cravings and decreased the chances of the participants consuming their junk food of choice.
Stop and smell the...
Did you need a reason to buy that fancy scented candle? Now you've found one. One study has found that smelling something other than food can reduce that chocolate craving.
Participants with chocolate cravings were exposed to one of three different scents: green apple, jasmine and water. The results indicated that smelling the non-food odour, in this case the jasmine, reduced cravings more than exposure to the other two scents. The researchers concluded that sniffing non-food odours in general might be a great way to bypass cravings.
You're on your smartphone all the time anyway, might as well put it to good use. A study from the journal Addictive Behaviors,
found playing Tetris for just three minutes at a time reduced cravings.
In a press release, one of the study's authors, Professor Jackie Andrade, said "we think the Tetris effect happens because craving involves imagining the experience of consuming a particular substance, or indulging in a particular activity. Playing a visually interesting game like Tetris occupies the mental processes that support that imagery; it is hard to imagine something vividly and play Tetris at the same time."
Stopping your false hunger may be as easy as pressing on your ear. A traditional Chinese medicine, accupressure targets certain 'pressure points' in your body. The practice is believed to do everything from balancing the body, to relieving headache and curing pain. There is also evidence to suggest it can also curb food cravings.
Give it a shot. Simply pinch your nose or earlobe (not too hard) for 10 seconds and then release. Repeat until a few minutes have passed or the craving subsides.
Play with Clay
Let loose your inner child! One study saw participants who spent 10 minutes building shapes from modelling clay experienced reduced cravings compared to those who let their minds wander, completed math problems or verbal tasks. The researchers concluded that working with the clay reduced "craving imagery" and intrusive thoughts about food. Because it involves your spacial and visual capacities, the clay takes up the brain power that would otherwise be devoted to your cravings. Keep a little clay on hand. Challenge yourself to make new shapes whenever a craving hits.
Strange ideas that just might work! What do you have to lose? Would you give any of these tricks a try?
Source: Elite Daily
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