If your healthy eating resolutions have already fallen by the wayside, then we have some news that might interest you.
The University of Exeter have developed an app, named FoodT, that trains the brain to stop reaching for unhealthy food and alcohol.
Psychologists working on the app found that using the app for the less than 10 minutes daily can slow impulses to reach for unhealthy food such as cakes, biscuits or chocolate, and subsequently reduce calorie consumption. In fact, when academics completed a study of 83 adults, they found that people who played the game online just four times a week ate a significant average of 220 calories less per day.
The game works by flashing up various pictures, some of which are healthy and some of which are unhealthy. Users must only click on the healthy pictures, and this trains the brain to suppress poor choices in real life and break a cycle of bad habits. Pretty genius.
The app is currently available for Android devices as well as online. While the app is yet to be available for the iPhone, scientists have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise up to £5,000 to develop and ios supported app. Support their campaign here.