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Imagination eating could help weight loss

December 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A new study out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that dieters who imagined eating more helped them eat less. Participants who were told to imagine eating 30 M&M candies only ate an average of three real M&Ms.

Those who didn't imagine eating the candies ate an average of five M&Ms.

Researchers said that thought-suppression tends to sensitize people to craving.

Scientists hope the findings will help develop better ways to curb cravings and lose weight.