By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
We knew it! After a while--like, say, ages 13 to 30--food guilt can start to get old. And over time, any kind hyper-vigilance just seems to have a counteractive effect. You watch your calories constantly, and the next thing you know, you've gained five pounds.
Now, a new study shows your instincts are right.
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Researchers from the University of Canterbuy asked 300 adults whether they associated chocolate cake with guilt or celebration. The 27 percent who chose guilt had neither more positive attitudes about healthy eating nor greater intentions to improve their diet, but they did turn out to be less successful in losing weight over three months.
So go ahead, have your cake and eat it too--and enjoy it.