You have probably heard the saying: “If you don’t like the results, do something differently.” It turns out that what exactly you do differently may be of less importance, at least, according to an interesting study done by Professor Ben Fletcher, Head of School of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. 55 participants were asked to try out new behaviors from 15 contrastive pairs, such as reactive/proactive or introverted/extroverted. They were also asked to complete an activity that would be unusual for them twice a week. The surprising result was that the subjects lost an average of 11 pounds over a four-week period and many went on to lose more. The explanation was that people who tried out new behaviors were more conscious of their daily activities, they paid attention to what they were doing, and that, in turn, led to better food choices.
It can be a fun exercise to act like a different person for a while. What new behavior would you like to try out this week?