Successful Self-Control of Eating Among Dieters
Monday, March 23, 2009
Traci Mann, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Minnesota
Dr. Mann reports on three lines of research showing successful self-control of eating among dieters. in the first line of research, she shows that dieters can successfully control their eating while cognitively distracted if the salient cues in their environment remind them of their diet. In the second line of research she shows that there is an optimal level of distraction that allows dieters to successfully control their eating, whereas more or less distraction leads to overeating. In the third line of research she questions the accepted belief that after a small dietary violation, dieters will overeat, and instead suggests that in daily life (as opposed to in the lab), dieters will compensate for their dietary violation.