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Okay.  You won’t be able to resist this cake if you stare at it too long. 

But here’s a tip I read in Parade magazine a few weeks ago in case the piece of cake sneaks up on you.

To help you pass on that first (or second) piece of cake, you should:

A.  Vow to get on the scale the next morning

B.  Remind yourself that it won’t look good on your hips

C.  Make a fist

D.  Keep a bag of carrots and other healthy snacks handy

What do you think is the answer?

If you guessed C, you’re right!

A new study found that tightening up your muscles can help you gain self control in a moment of temptation.  It only works in the moment – making a fist will give you a hit of willpower.  In that moment, make the decision to pass and move on to something else. 

Tightening your fist won’t work all day long to cut down calories, but it will work in a moment of decision. 

Try it now.  Tighten your fist.  It does give you a moment of resolve doesn’t it?

Now don’t overuse it, but if this cake or it’s cookie cousins try to tempt you today, make that fist and run!

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