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The Trick to Making Better Health Choices – Is Decision Fatigue Your Problem?

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Candy and snacks are placed close to market cash registers to take advantage of shoppers’ decision fatigue

When was the last time you broke down and ate something you knew would set you back on your quest for thinner thighs/flatter abs? Or how about the last time you decided to skip a workout? If you can plainly recall these instances, I have the answer for how you can avoid making such bad decisions in the future.

The likely culprit for your bad decisions lies in two words: Decision Fatigue.

According to Wikipedia, In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual, after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making. For instance, judges in court have been shown to make poorer decisions later in the day. Decision fatigue may also lead to consumers making poor choices with their purchases.

For example, you make decisions all day from what to wear to what to eat. If you’ve made the decision to eat healthy all day, come evening time decision fatigue might mean you decide to have a tub of ice cream or to skip exercise.

How do you avoid this problem them?

You make less decisions and do the better things earlier.

How do you make less decisions: You form habits. It takes approximately 3 weeks of constantly doing something or not doing something to form a habit or break a habit respectively.

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