It angers me so much when we have fools running around out there proclaiming eat less move more as a solution for obesity because this kind of action requires "will power" and conscious intervention. These fools are blinded by what they see, they are "lead" into a stiff belief because of the things they see, i.e. making someone run around all day and starving them causes a reduction in fat mass, hence, that is the solution for everyone to reduce fat mass!
When you restrict food intake on a voluntary basis you will ofcourse be exerting "will power" to stop yourself eating. Hunger is telling you to eat, but the concious part of the brain is overriding that signal. This brings me to this paper linked to in the article, and the title of the paper says its all tbh......
Making Choices Impairs Subsequent Self-Control: A Limited-ResourceAccount of Decision Making, Self-Regulation, and Active Initiative
“[We] suggest that self-regulation, active initiative, and effortful choosing draw on the same psychological resource. Making decisions depletes that resource, thereby weakening the subsequent capacity for self-control and active initiative. The impairment of self-control was shown on a variety of tasks, including physical stamina and pain tolerance, persistence in the face of failure, and quality and quantity of numerical calculations. It also led to greater passivity.”**
**full credit to the author of the article linked at the top of the post for this quote
This is not the first time we have seen studies demonstrating that "will power" is infact a finite resource. Lustig also points out this observation in his most recent video on youtube here.
Reduced food intake only leads to successful weight loss if it is involuntary, i.e. when you are not feeling hunger. If you ARE feeling hunger, that means the reduced food intake is voluntary and will eventually lead to compensatory reactions, like binging.