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You can think of will power as a way to interrupt our automatic processing in order to do something else. For example, let’s say you’re on a strict diet and you’re looking in the fridge for something to eat. You see a delicious slab of chocolate and your mouth starts to water. Your automatic response would be to eat the chocolate. However, if your will power is strong enough you will stop yourself from eating the chocolate.

Unfortunately, our reserves of will power are very limited and become depleted with use. Dr. Roy Baumeister, a researcher at Florida State University, found that our ability to successfully use willpower for self-control tasks is dependent on a physiological fuel: blood glucose.

But controlling you blood glucose is easier said than done.

So instead of using large reserves of will power to stop your behavior, simply change the structure of your environment.

For example, keep healthy snacks such as nuts in your car or work desk.

Eating nuts before you go grocery shopping or have lunch will increase your blood glucose. Helping increase your will power to make better purchasing decisions. When you bring home healthy foods you will be less likely to eat unhealthy foods. This is one way to change the structure of your environment.

Do you keep healthy snacks in your car? How else can you change your environment?



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