Ready to down that Snickers bar? Banish that craving with a video game instead. New research from the Netherlands suggests that playing online games can help you fight junk food temptations.
Participants in the study who played challenging computer-based quizzes were less likely to crave junk food than those that played an easier game. According to author Lotte van Dillen, Ph.D., of Leiden University, an intellectually challenging distraction “can cut off desire before it gains control over behavior.”
So when the hankering for a candy bar hits, just chalk it up as one more excuse to play games!