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Stick to your diet

This quick tip will help strengthen your willpower and give you more self-control

Saying ‘I don’t’ in the face of temptation (‘I don’t eat cake’) instead of ‘I can’t’ (‘I can’t eat that’) may boost your willpower to stick to a diet, a new study suggests. ‘“Can’t” signals deprivation, whereas “don’t” helps you feel determined,’ study author Dr Vanessa Patrick explains.


It may also keep diet-wrecking ‘friends’ at bay: when people say ‘I don’t’, others see them as having stronger conviction, a follow-up study found.


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