If you feel like eating your favorite treats has become too much of a problem, then you might want to try this simple strategy. While it does not keep you from eating, it does help you eat fewer of it. It is all in the mind, so to speak, and you can actually control it.
Sounds far-fetched? Not really.
According to researchers in Carnegie Mellon, the mind can condition you to crave less. In their study, they discovered that by repeatedly imagining a certain food (from seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting it in the mind), then you would have a significant reduction in your desire to eat it. The repetition of the act of eating in the mind may induce a person to develop a sense of satiety. It can be akin to eating too much of your favorite candies. It does taste good at the start, but it gets tiring the more you get.
The concept is fairly simple. All you have to do is to think of your favorite food several times. Be it a plate of custard, a cup of choco-fudge ice cream, or bars of Snickers, it would do. Just try visualizing it for several minutes. And I do not mean simply imagining it. You must think about the very act of eating it. You should try recalling the taste, the texture, the aroma, everything. Try that while you eat a low-calorie snack like a cup of oats (no sugar or milk). More likely than not, you would feel satisfied already (it is also the same effect even if you did not eat at all).
It is a very useful exercise for those trying to fight the flab. Of course, like all diet plans, consulting a doctor to formulate the necessary steps for this would be a good practice. There are many things you can gain with some professional help.