If you enjoy strange methods and want to stop binge eating, you may be in luck! The methods below get uncomfortable eye-brow shifts from skeptics, yet they are scientifically proven to reduce chances you stuffing your face with whipped-cream!
1. Brush and Rinse
Sustaining pristine breath can be used not only to increase your chances of mating (wink, wink) but also to trigger your brain into putting a full stop for food. Try brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after each meal and whenever you crave junk food.
If you are not used to eating after caring for your teeth, sensing the same minty taste in your mouth will signal to the brain that all mental food cravings will be ignored. Keep brushes sparse and Listerine free-flowing: heavy brushing can cause enamel damage while mouthwash will keep your tastebuds supercharged with menthol.
Research done on female adults eating potato crisps has shown that menthol mouthwash drastically reduced desire, appetite and liking for crisps in the short-term.
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2. Imagine Eating What You Crave
While it sounds torturous, envisioning indulging into desired delicacies is proven to reduce the actual consumption subsequently. This study gathered 51 participants which were divided into two groups visualizing eating 3 or 33 M&M’s before they were allowed to consume the candy tangibly. Those who imagined eating more candy ate, on average, 60% less M&M’s in reality. The same effect was duplicated when eating imaginary cheese.
Surely, it’s not the worst past-time activity to lie down and mentally gorge down on pistachio ice-cream!
3. Get Overly Curious
There are two ways to say no to late-night pizza: by adding pineapple on top or by arousing your curiosity about the whole experience. Whenever attacked by a craving, shift attention to the stomach, feeling of hunger, increased saliva secretion and most importantly your thought process. Consider each impulse and thought meritocratically, without trying to prevent it. You may even start indulging – which is fine, as long as you are highly conscious of each action and bite. Try to capture both your thoughts, tastes, and emotions.
The science says that we become forgetful about our healthy-eating plans as soon as the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for cognitive control, goes offline. And it goes offline pretty much every time you get an urge to binge-eat.
A quick method to force the pre-frontal cortex to become a prime decision maker is by becoming present in the moment and curious about the experience.
4. Still or Sparkling, Ma’am?
Full stomach contributes to satiety thus not alike filling hot air balloon with hot air, we can fill our stomachs with gas bubbles. When you get a strong urge to binge eat, drink a glass (or two) of carbonated water to feel fuller.
Research on women in Japan supports the hypothesis that sparkling water induces a significant short-term satiating effect, even compared to plain water. It is also potent against gastrointestinal symptoms, thus sipping some carbonated water after a heavy meal is an excellent idea too.
5. Weigh Yourself
For years, foodies demonized the bathroom scale calling it their worst enemy. However, this year-long research demonstrates that people who weigh themselves daily achieve significantly greater and steady weight loss. Thus, knowing our weight each day seems to prevent us from overeating subconsciously. Next time you’re about to pop open a Ben and Jerry’s, step on a scale first!