If you took a bite into that Krispy Kreme doughnut siting in the break room and then guiltily attribute it to a lack of willpower, it’s time to cut yourself some slack. When it comes to weight, willpower isn’t a culprit, argues a University of Minnesota health psychologist. Though willpower does have significance in our lives (like when it comes to studying for a test, for example), it doesn’t have a place in our weight loss or maintenance efforts. Here’s the best way to think of it: When you complete 30 minutes of studying for a test only to lose focus and watch TV for the rest of the night, those 30 minutes of study time don’t get erased. But when you make 11 efforts to resist that doughnut only to acquiesce on effort 12, somehow all of your “weight loss progress” for the day becomes irrelevant. Essentially, it would have been better just to give in on the first attempt to resist the doughnut. As a solution, experts suggest restructuring your environment—eat your meals on smaller plates and avoid eating out of a box or package rather than owe every success or failure to willpower or lack thereof. What do you think of this concept? Does it help ease any stress or do you find associating willpower with weight goals to be effective? Give us your take in the comments below.
Willpower (or Lack of It) Is the Wrong Way to Think About Weight
November 23, 2016