A Fun Way to Beat Those Cravings

04 August 2014 Written by 

What do you need to do when you have a serious hankering for sugar. Reach for your phone and try and app, a new study shows. Study participants—who were mostly women—described and rated the intensity of their urges before researchers asked them to play a round of Tetris. For half of them, the game wouldn't load. The group who did get to play slashed their cravings by 24%, compared with a meager 6% reduction among those who didn't.

"When people crave something, they're visualizing the sensation and pleasure of indulging in a specific food," says study co-author Jackie Andrade, PhD, of Plymouth University in England. "The game blocks the mental imagery that sustains a craving, since it's hard to play Tetris and picture some-thing else at the same time." Hit the app store so you'll be ready by that 4 o'clock hunger pang!

Tetris not for you? Any visually absorbing video game should do the trick, including Candy Crush and Bejeweled.

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