A Randomised Experiment Evaluating the Mindful Raisin Practice as a Method of Reducing Chocolate Consumption During and After a Mindless Activity

Mantzios, Michail and Egan, Helen and Asif, Tayaba (2019) A Randomised Experiment Evaluating the Mindful Raisin Practice as a Method of Reducing Chocolate Consumption During and After a Mindless Activity. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. ISSN 2509-3304

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Abstract

The present study investigated the impact of the mindful raisin exercise on overeating during and after the experiment while controlling for wellbeing. One-hundred and twenty-eight participants were recruited and completed a questionnaire on wellbeing (i.e. depression, anxiety and stress) and state mindfulness. Participants were randomly allocated to either the mindful raisin exercise or a newspaper reading control condition. The State Mindfulness Scale was then completed again, and participants watched a neutral video while exposed to chocolate for 10 min. For those 10 min, results showed that the mindfulness condition translated into lower food consumption during the mindless activity when compared to the control condition. Post experiment, participants were asked to wait for 5 min, and any extra chocolate consumption during this time was recorded. Post-consumption was non-significantly different between the two groups, with those in the mindfulness condition consuming 1.3 g less than those in the control group. Controlling for wellbeing did not alter the impact of the mindfulness intervention on consumption.
Implications for future work and practical applications for weight regulation are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-019-00159-y
Date: 10 December 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: mindful raisin exercise, mindfulness, mindlessness, wellbeing, chocolate
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Michail Mantzios
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 08:29
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 12:55
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8627

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