Tempting foods may build will power

September 25, 2008 2:51:59 PM PDT
One of the first things a serious dieter may do is banish tempting foods from the house. But keeping a few sweet treats around might not be such a bad idea. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests tempting foods may build willpower.

Tests on female college students found those who had access to some candy were able to successfully walk away.

The thought is that challenging yourself to resist temptation now will better prepare you to pass up future junk food temptations.

Researchers say banishing all goodies does not allow dieters to practice self control.