When news broke this week of former Congressman and current NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s further indiscretions, we were put in mind of a forthcoming book, David Lewis’s Impulse: Why We Do What We Do Without Knowing Why We Do It.
Informed by the latest research in neuropsychology, the book explores all the mystifying things people do (and do again) despite knowing better, from blurting out indiscretions to falling for totally incompatible romantic partners. Seems an apropos book for a man in Weiner’s position.
On closer consultation, though, the book was found not to speak directly to the issue of impulsive sexting. It does, however, offer practical ways to beat the overeating impulse, some of which we’ve adapted below.
1. Eat Sext from smaller plates and bowls phones. Because we eat sext with our eyes as much as with our mouth hands, using smaller plates and bowls phones is a quick and easy way to reduce the number of calories consumed sexts sent. In a study I conducted in London as part of a Channel 4 television documentary entitled Secret Eaters Sexters, we found that volunteers who served themselves ice cream into a sexted with a large bowl phone took sexted 44 per cent more than those with a smaller bowl phone.
2. Eating Sexting with chopsticks without autocorrect, rather than a knife and fork with autocorrect, obliges you to take smaller mouthfuls use shorter words and eat sext more slowly. Eating Sexting more slowly allows time for the digestion process to work effectively. It also gives you a better chance of recognising when you have eaten sexted sufficient food sexts.
3. Put ice in your drink sext. Because the body has to use energy to heat up the beverage sext, around 1 calorie per ounce word of fluid sext is consumed. If you drink sext the recommended not recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water sexts a day with ice cubes you will burn up between 60 and 70 extra calories each day.
4. We eat sext significantly more when dining sexting in company than eating sexting alone. For Secret Eaters Sexters, I asked diners sexters to have lunch sext alone, as a couple or at a table of six friends. The group consumed sent some 600 more calories sexts than the solitary diner sexter and over 80 more than the couple. What happens is that we tend to pace ourselves on the fastest eater sexter in a group. Also, distracted by conversation and banter we fail to notice how much we are eating sexting and are more susceptible to offers of second helpings sextings. Be aware of this risk the next time you eat sext with a group of friends or colleagues. Refuse second helpings sextings. Pace yourself to the slowest eater sexter at the table. Try to be the last person to start eating sexting.
5. When dining sexting out in an upmarket restaurant be aware of the effects of soft lights and classical music. Both encourage you to linger longer and so eat or drink sext considerably more than you realise.
6. When snacking on popcorn sexting in the cinema, use your other hand. That is, if you normally hold the popcorn container in sext with your right hand and pick don’t sext with your left, then swap around. By making this small change in your eating sexting habits you force yourself to think more about what you are doing and are, therefore, likely to eat sext less. During a study to test the effects of this tactic in a London cinema, I provided half the audience with an oven glove worn on the normal popcorn picking sexting hand. Their consumption sexting fell by a quarter compared to their non-handicapped companions.
Okay, that’s six solid tips. Maybe take them under advisement? Food Sext Food for thought, at least.