Texas Tech University

How to improve willpower? Feed it.

Los Angeles Times

November 13, 2015

Los Angeles Times - Bridging the gap between who we are and who we want to be is often exhausting. To become fitter, we need to keep from blowing off the gym. And to do that, we need willpower.

"The basic idea is that if you resist a really delicious piece of chocolate cake at a party, and then right after that you drive home and your roommate left his socks on the floor, you're more likely to snap and yell at your roommate than you would have been if that cake had never been offered to you," said Jessica Alquist, assistant professor of psychology at Texas Tech University, whose research interests include self-control and health.

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