Monday, September 03, 2012
Your mind really can trump matter, particularly when that matter is hot out of the oven. New evidence demonstrates that when faced with temptation, people watching their weight who thought "I don't eat pie" versus those who thought "I can't eat pie" were better able to stick to their plan. The 'don't' statement signals a sense of determination and empowerment, which makes the refusal strategy more effective.
How does one little word change things? Framing your behavior as a 'don't' firmly places you in the driver's seat, whereas a 'can't' statement signals deprivation and a loss of power. In addition, the don't-versus-can't effect holds true when the statements are said aloud to food-pushing friends.
Bottom line: When you're tempted to have seconds, hold firm by saying, "No thanks, I don't want any more."