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TheDailyMeal: Mind Tricks to Fool Yourself Into Eating Less

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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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