The brain is mightier than your junk-food cravings. Scientists from the Weight Loss Program at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City found that a simple 30-second distraction technique can help you fight off junk-food cravings. In their experiment, subjects were tasked with either tapping their foot on the floor, tapping their own forehead with their finger, or staring at a blank wall when experiencing cravings for their favorite cheat foods. All three tactics significantly reduced the urge to indulge, although the forehead tapping was the most effective. When you’re in a cutting phase and your willpower begins to feel weak in the face of temptation, try tapping your finger on your forehead for 30 seconds. After all, it’s better to look funny for 30 seconds than to look fat for the whole summer.
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