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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

Dreaming About the Vending Machine

Are you ever mad at yourself for even thinking about the chips in the vending machine? Those negative thoughts could be the key to keeping your health goals on track. According to University of Pennsylvania researchers, dieters who worry about willpower lapses lose 26 more pounds compared to folks who assume they’ll fight off temptations just fine. “When you picture the occasional slip-up, you’re actually being honest with yourself about how hard it is to fight temptations,” says Michelle May, M.D., author of "Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat." “And that makes it possible to prepare for set-backs, and to bounce back quickly when they do happen.”

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