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TheDailyMeal: Mind Tricks to Fool Yourself Into Eating Less

Imagine Eating Your Favorite Food

Never underestimate the power of imagination. You might think that thinking about eating would make you eat more, but a 2010 study published in Science reported that we actually eat less of a certain food after imagining eating it. This doesn't work if you simply picture the food in your mind — it requires thinking about eating the specific food you're about to eat.

This phenomenon, researchers theorized, is a result of habituation. "To some extent, merely imagining an experience is a substitute for actual experience," said Joachim Vosgerau, one of the researchers. "The difference between imagining and experiencing may be smaller than previously assumed."

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