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What Does Temptation Do to You?

One way I keep unhealthy foods from entering my body is to steer clear of them. I like to think the whole "out of sight, out of mind" theory works well for me. As it turns out, Reuters reported on a new study that has found that keeping sweet treats may actually help you stick to your diet.

In fact, the study found that challenging yourself to resist temptation may even be more effective than banning all sweets and snack foods from the house. Oh, man. I'm not sure about this. What do you think? Does overcoming temptation make you stronger in your healthy endeavors or does it just make you hungrier?


Spectra Spectra 9 years
Temptation is always going to be there, no matter where you are. If you are only able to resist certain foods if they aren't around you, it makes sense that you'll cave once those foods are around you again. Since my husband eats crap/junk food most of the time, I do keep it in my house, but I'm not tempted to eat any of it.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i used to give in, but since i've lost 16lbs recently i feel empowered by that and somehow even subconciously i don't feel tempted. i work in catering and all those canapes and cakes do nothing for me anymore :)
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 9 years
Once I see cake, I have to eat it. I have no self control once cake is involved, its pretty sad.
katyharper katyharper 9 years
There are brownies about 10 feet away from my desk right now, and it's ALL i can do to avoid going in there to get one. Ugh.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
chocolatine, i wouldn't consider something a temptation if you don't enjoy it for instance, sweets like mille feuille or stuff with raisins, i don't like so i would leave them alone. but stuff like brownies or chocolate bars, i love, so that's my temptation.
tsp tsp 9 years
i don't agree with that study for me. i don't eliminate sweets completely from my diet, but i also don't want to keep certain things in my house. example: we had friends over for a game night last weekend and i made a healthy-ish dinner, but also snacks for our game playing time. some were ok-- popcorn, baked pita chips, etc. but some were not so great, like cashew brittle and m&m's. i had reached a goal last week so our game night was my night off from counting calories. but back on track since then and everyday that bag of m&m's was staring at me from the cabinet! i didn't cave--just didn't want to spend the calories that way--but i was glad when my s/o took the bag with him on a trip yesterday. ;-)
JessicaLE JessicaLE 9 years
Last week I decided that I'd keep some Pecan Sandies (those delicious little shortbread pecan cookies) in the house just for when I had a hankerin' for something sweet. You know, cause it's all about moderation. And I figured since they weren't chocolate, I wouldn't be biting at the chomps to get to them all the time. Yeah... three days later, they were all gone. So anyway, I just have to keep that stuff out of the house- period. I can't trust myself!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i find that i feel stronger about my will power and self if i'm able to avoid temptation completely. especially when it's something that EVERYONE else is eating in front of me cause that's the worst!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 9 years
If there is chocolate anywhere in my house it's bound to end up in my tummy. There is no stopping it unless I keep it locked up and throw out the key. Chocolate is my weakness.
jessie jessie 9 years
...if its there..i'll eat it!! so i just don't buy it!!! and i don't buy it at the store either. i'm a sucker for sweets....
telewyo telewyo 9 years
I have oodles of will power in the grocery store but hardly any once sweet stuff is in the house.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I'm a quantity eater so it's usually not what I eat, but how much. Even the "healthy" snacks in my house can turn into a binge if I'm not careful.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I have enough willpower to not bring the stuff into my house, and sometimes enough to avoid what's already there, but I'm with the other poster who has to avoid the first bite, because after that I'm done for.
syako syako 9 years
We usually have a mix of temptations/healthy snacks in my house. More often that not I'll go for an apple over something less healthy, but when I do want a small bowl of ice cream, I can get it out of my freezer and enjoy it (instead of running to the convenience store, buying a whole pint of Ben & Jerry's and downing the whole thing). So for me having the temptations around me makes me stronger, yes, but even more so it makes me SANER! :P
Smilesp Smilesp 9 years
I can resist buying and bringing treats into the house, but if it's already there I'm probably going to eat it!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I'm trying to lose weight, so I always tell myself that being thin will feel better than eating that treat! Luckily, I don't like sweets, but salty foods...chips, nachos, etc...that's my weakness!
lydialee_home lydialee_home 9 years
I am okay if I never take a first bite. But once I started , I won't stop. That's why I always carry gum with me. :)
chocolatine chocolatine 9 years
I'm usually good at resisting temptations as I don't really like most "bad" foods, but there are times when I'm stressed or tired that the cookies/pastries we usually have around the office seem irresistible. If that happens, I drink a cup of hot tea or eat a piece of fruit, which helps me resist the temptation most of the time.
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