Frances 0. Thomas

National Certified Counselor

Delayed gratification=weight loss

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I just read yet another study with fairly self-evident results. This one is from McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare of Hamilton. They found that folks with ADHD and folks who are obese share an inability to delay gratification. This apparently is true of those with any addictive behavior.

Really? Do you mean to tell me I am fat because I can’t turn down a cookie? Duh.

The researchers say that clinical approaches to weight loss should focus more on the long term benefits. I think we all know perfectly well the long term benefits already. But that doesn’t stop us.

I’m thinking this is also a function of will power’s being a finite capacity. For example, I managed to get through grad school with little difficulty but gained 20 pounds in the process if I recall correctly. Should I have focused on denying myself the extra calories and blown off my studies?

Does it have to be an either-or situation?

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Delayed gratification=weight loss

  1. it is not necessarily an either or situation. I think it is about having a balance. Too much of any thing is bad.

    also one’s mental state has a role to play in one’s weight. I am not a doctor, so may not explain this perfectly well but when one is extremely stressed, it can lead to insulin resistance which in turn can lead to weight gain.

    so for good health, we need to check our mental well being too as well as our physical well being and what we eat. Hope this makes sense?

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