Let’s say your day started with trying to remain calm despite rush hour traffic. When you finally arrive at work, you dutifully start responding to e-mails (without signing into Facebook). Then, when it’s time to head out to lunch, you walk right past a window display featuring those must-have sandals. That means that you’ve resisted losing your temper, procrastinating, and a splurge–all before lunch!
According to Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Florida State University, it’s not uncommon to resist this much and more over the course of a single morning. In fact, Americans spend an average of four hours per day actively resisting the things that we want to do. And, every time we force ourselves to resist temptation, we draw on our body’s supply of glucose.
Why does glucose matter? Turns out, when your glucose levels drop, your willpower also plummets. A balanced diet featuring lean protein and healthy carbohydrates can help keep your glucose levels where they should be. Hence the turkey sandwich!
What if what you’re trying to resist is that delicious turkey sandwich? Then try one of these techniques for strengthening your willpower.