A recent study shows that people who are experiencing stress are more apt to eat tastier foods and relinquish their dietary willpower.

Calm and Slim

The experiment was conducted with 51 men. Half were placed in a stressful situation by keeping their hand in ice water for a long period of time.

Levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) actually increased. Those guys in the stressed-out group chose the less-healthy food than the calmer guys because it looked good, and they needed comfort at that moment.

Looking Into The Future

A steadfast mind can keep on track to reach a goal. But when the mind gets anxious, it tends to look at the present—what’s the quickest gratification?

So, if you’re on a diet and you start feeling stressed, remind yourself that you have a goal. Try to keep the big picture in mind. This too shall pass.