This is one of the most interesting studies we've heard of when it comes to snacking and bad eating habits: The habits may be more dependent on habitual practices brought on by environment than on your will power alone.
The study went like this.
At a movie, the researchers handed out fresh popcorn to some, and stale popcorn to others. Guess what happened? Because it was a movie theater and the attending people said they "usually eat popcorn at the movies" they ate almost the exact same amount of the stale popcorn as fresh, regardless of the taste!
Then, they tried it in a meeting room. People at much LESS of the stale popcorn because it isn't usually associated with that location.
And the weirdest thing?
In the theater situation, for another group they told them they could only eat with their non-dominant hand. Guess what happened?
Less people at the stale popcorn.
Which means, that small interruption in habit resulted in the audience consuming much less popcorn! They weren't willing to go at it with the non-dominant hand because it didn't taste as good. That's incredible.
So pick out where you have bad eating habits and do whatever it takes to disrupt that habit, combine it with will power, and you'll be eating healthier in no time!!
Or just switch hands!
[Image via AP Images.]
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