The Willpower Gap: Debunked? SPT Thinks Not
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Well how timely is that? Susan Peirce Thompson this week vlogs on the new research which tends to undercut 20 years of experimentation on the "willpower gap": essentially, that phenomenon I experienced yesterday of worn-out will power, and collapse into some overeating after a day of prolonged stress.
The willpower gap is a pretty key concept for Bright Line Eating. It's why there are bright lines: no sugar, no flour; 3 meals a day, no snacking; and measuring portions.
If we have to rely upon willpower each time we make a food decision, it's completely predictable we'll fail. Because willpower is so easily depleted. Most of us have about 15 minutes' worth at any given time.
But: the newer experiments aren't replicating the old results. The willpower gap is, apparently MIA.
And so: what does STP think about that?
Not a whole lot. The willpower gap is a useful construct for most of us. It helps most of us understand why we're better off avoiding temptation. Better off putting ourselves deliberately into a situation of NO CHOICE. Better off pre-planning meals for tomorrow, today (yup, I'm planning an eggwhite omelette for breakfast; and my salads are packed for tomorrow's lunch: and my soup is waiting for tomorrow's supper!)
So: you know I agree with SPT on this one. Whether the willpower gap is "true" or not -- acting as if it's true coheres with my experience. And helps me stay the course. Most of the time.
And as for yesterday: there were NO potato chips. That's worth something. Plus only 235 excess calories.
And: I made it out for a brisk recess walk today. Will do the same tomorrow!!