“Out of sight, out of mind” can more or less summarize a recent study reported by TODAY, which proves that those who lose weight may be those who manage to shut their senses from food.

Overcoming the sinful sounding “hedonic hunger” seems to be the key in effective weight management. Hedonic hunger is the sudden urge to eat which is triggered by the sight, sound, and smell of food. According to Patrick O’Neil, a professor in the Medical University of South Carolina, keeping food out of reach can help dieting people avoid hedonic hunger.

In a study sponsored by Weight Watchers, O'Neil and his team surveyed 111 obese men and women from ages 25 to 65, making them answer yes-or-no questions related to their reactions to the thought of food.

O’Neil found that those who consciously or unconsciously shun hedonic hunger were able to lose weight faster. Although it isn’t clear which goes first--losing weight or losing hedonic hunger--it seems that living in an environment that promotes the right kind of diet may be the key in helping people shed unwanted inches. Keeping a food diary also helps in discovering eating patterns.

In the end, it’s all about a change of attitude. If you’re having trouble with your waistline, or if your weight is actually hampering you from enjoying your life, then it’s important to be dedicated to your goal of losing those excess pounds. Try your best to not put yourself in situations that will cause you to eat food that you shouldn’t be eating. Don’t worry, once you start losing pounds, it’ll be easier to get motivated to keep on going.

(Photo by Teresa Howes via sxc.hu)

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