How to Control Cravings

Gain some insight on the psychology behind cravings and how you can beat them.
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Gain some insight on the psychology behind cravings and how you can beat them.
Superfood breakfast cookies, harvest squash and quinoa salad

Prepare healthy snacks to take with you. 

The ability to postpone gratification is associated with less-regular consumption of fast food, according to a study published online in Preventative Medicine. Researchers from the American Cancer Society analyzed responses from nearly 6,000 adults who completed a survey that included behavioral questions on their frequency of fast-food consumption. 

Participants were also asked whether they would prefer to receive a certain amount of money immediately or wait 30 days and receive a larger sum. Those who were willing to wait for the larger amount were 26% less likely to consume fast food than those who weren’t.

To help prevent impulse trips to local fast-food joints, lead author Kerem Shuval, PhD, recommends preparing healthy lunches and snacks the night before and bringing them to work. Michal Stoklosa, a senior economist at the American Cancer Society and study co-author, suggests writing a pre-commitment contract to hold yourself accountable. He recommends setting a goal and then depositing a sum of money to a third party to help hold yourself accountable. If the goal is achieved, then the money is returned. The researchers caution that while the study findings are useful, a conclusion on causality merits further long-term research.

Resist the vending machine with these two make-ahead eats: