Washington: A new study suggests that avoiding temptation may increase your chances of success if you are planning to lose weight or save for the future, than just relying on willpower alone.The researchers compared the effectiveness of willpower versus voluntarily restricting access to temptations, called ‘precommitment’.Examples of precommitment include avoiding purchasing unhealthy food and putting money in savings accounts with hefty withdrawal fees.They also examined the mechanisms in the brain that play a role in precommitment to better understand why it is so effective.Molly Crockett, who undertook the research while at the University of Cambridge and is currently a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL, said, “Our research suggests that the most effective way to beat temptations is to avoid facing them in the first place.”
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