According to research in the latest journal Appetite, looking at pictures of mouth watering food can actually help improve self-control.
Let me get this straight. Gazing at the above photo is supposed to satisfy my desire for chocolate cake? I'm not sure that it's working for me. See, all I keep thinking about right now is the Pepperidge Farm cake I keep in the freezer for pop-in company.
The data analysis for this study reveals only 54 subjects were tested, so the generalization for this conclusion may not have sturdy reliability. But I'll give it a try. I wonder if my family will thumbs-up or thumbs-down the scads of pictures of chocolate and juicy cheeseburgers that'll be up.
What about you? Would looking at pictures of your favorite foods help or hurt?
Kroese, F., Evers, C., & De Ridder, D. (2009). How chocolate keeps you slim. The effect of food temptations on weight watching goal importance, intentions, and eating behavior Appetite DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.08.002