Will Power is Biological

January 14, 2012
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By the end of January, a third will have broken their [New Year’s] resolutions, and by July more than half will have lapsed.

They’ll fail because they’ll eventually run out of willpower, which social scientists no longer regard as simply a metaphor. They’ve recently reported that willpower is a real form of mental energy, powered by glucose in the bloodstream, which is used up as you exert self-control…

By the end of January, a third will have broken their [New Year’s] resolutions, and by July more than half will have lapsed.

They’ll fail because they’ll eventually run out of willpower, which social scientists no longer regard as simply a metaphor. They’ve recently reported that willpower is a real form of mental energy, powered by glucose in the bloodstream, which is used up as you exert self-control…

The more you starve your body, the less glucose in your bloodstream — and the less resistance to temptation.

Full article on the biology of “ego depletion.”