It’s a new year and like millions of others I’ve also vowed to finally drop that excess weight and get in better shape. Fortunately, before I dived head-first into the world of dieting, I read this and it makes a lot of sense.
Dieting, it argues, takes a lot more effort than doing exercise. That may not be immediately intuitive but give it some thought: dieting requires full-time commitment. That one piece of cake (or other banned foodstuff) could ruin your day’s diet. Exercise, on the other hand, is cumulative, and it takes just an hour’s commitment a day (or even less). Committing to doing just one hour of exercise a day is, in theory, a lot easier than avoiding a long list of hazardous foods all day, every day. And while exercise actually perks up your mind, the constant mental focus on food avoidance could well just plain wear you out.
Read all about it here: The Behavioral Economics of Your New Year’s Resolutions