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Monday, August 24, 2009

PICTURE OF HEALTH


WOMEN who want to lose weight can have their cake - as long as they don't eat it, scientists believe.

A Dutch study found that showing weight-conscious women pictures of sweet treats strengthened their resolve to eat healthily.

The finding suggests glossy adverts designed to make sweets irresistible may actually have the opposite effect. It also means the secret to losing weight could be a simple as decorating your fridge door with pictures of forbidden tasty treats.

Researcher Floor Kroese, of Utrecht University, said feelings of guilt may help fight temptation.

Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

21 comments:

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

I'm sure those scientists were men!

steven said...

hi alaine - well that picture made me regret skipping past the tasty cake stand at the grocery shop which i just came from. i could eat them all - go out and bike for a few hours and lose it all! that's the key - eat it and use it!!! now my wife says "that's easy for you to say 'cause you have a high metabolism". fair call. i'd be interested to see the study. neat idea though alaine!!! steven

Alaine said...

HAHA Now, now, Bonnie!

Steven, fortunately I'm a 'savoury' person, not that I don't like cakes, it's just that I'm afraid of addiction! Taught myself as a teenager never to look in a cake shop window and don't to this day; just walk past, eyes ahead! :o))

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I'll take the real thing! -Jayne

Alaine said...

Hello Jayne, thanks for visiting. Oh, it's always tempting but I'll grab a bicky and dip always.

I_am_Tulsa said...

I love cakes and cookies but I can't eat them every day...I have more of a salt tooth than a sweet tooth...
I wonder if this study applies to people like me too?!

Delwyn said...

Hi Alaine

I do love pavlova and lamingtons and cakes...but don't feel too great afterwards so I can see that having them to view often enough may be like some negative reinforcement...

however I cannot and will not ever give up icecream...I have found a new caramel and mac nut one... yummmy with raspberries...

Happy days

Alaine said...

Tulsa, yep, I'm a salt person too - Garlic Salt, love it on bickies with tomato and red onion and Sea Salt on my dinner. We'll have to put a pic of a salt mill on the fridge!

Alaine said...

Hello Delwyn, You, me and Tulsa must be sitting at our 'puters this afternoon (morning in Japan) while a lot of our friends sleep! I'm ironing as well; I'm feeling so guilty about the housework!

Icecream is our only sweet love but it's restricted to about every two months and then it is a real treat!

Alaine said...

Oh, I'm wrong, it's early afternoon in Japan; my Oslo clock was over Tokyo on my desktop!

Tracy said...

Hi, Alaine! Very interesting findings! I try to balance my sweet tooth and my salt tooth... All things in moderation. ;o) Happy week, my friend ((HUGS))

willow said...

I don't know....this picture made my mouth water. I know. I'm a pig.

T. Clear said...

Well then, it looks like I should wallpaper my entire house in a cake/pie/tartes/cookies pattern!

Lyn said...

A picture of anything sweet, especially chocolate, posted anywhere, would only hasten my steps to having a munch. Who are they kidding?

ruthie said...

Mmmmm! thank goodness im mostly "savoury" too! Must admit every so often i really, really fancy a cake, then as soon as i have eaten it i think it didn't taste at all as good as it looked ! ? lol

The Clever Pup said...

It's not wor-king...

I'd like the meringue please.

Alaine said...

Hello Tracy, I'm noshing in to corn thins, my aioli, tomato, red onion, topped with grated parmesan as I type - my lunch, yum, savoury! Oh, and a dash of garlic salt!

Willow, a sweet pig, though!

T, HAHA, yes, every corner you turn have a cake greet you!

Lyn, yes, I really think a photo of myself in a bikini would work better!

CP - with the lot?

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine,

Having a picture is one thing. Having the treats inside the fridge is another!!

Maggie's garden said...

I'll have to try to find a photo like this for my screen saver!

Alaine said...

Derrick, having the fortitude not to weaken is yet another!

Maggie,take that one! I'm so glad it's moving down my page!

Susan said...

I'm pretty sure this picture just made me want to eat the computer screen! Who comes up with these theories anyway? Maybe I should print out that picture and paste it on my fridge and pantry and see if it works, but I have my doubts. lol