The study findings may help explain how fighting against a temptation affects subsequent smoking behavior. Exposure to a tempting substance, such as sweets in the present study, triggers an automatic inclination to eat from the food, and requires self-control to inhibit that behavior.
Resisting Tempting Foods and Smoking Behavior: Implications From a Self-Control Theory Perspective. resisting the urge to eat tempting foods should deplete self-control strength.
The authors of this paper explain the results in terms of a self-control strength model (Muraven & Baumeister, 2000). According to this model, a person has limited resources for self-control. Therefore, after resisting temptation to eat a plate of food it becomes more difficult to resist smoking.
The current study applied the self-control strength model, which posits that self-regulation relies on a limited strength that is consumed with use, to test whether resisting tempting sweets would lead to a greater likelihood of subsequent smoking.
Published in: Health Psychology · 2009Authors: Dikla Shmueli · Judith J ProchaskaAffiliation: University of California San FranciscoAbout: Weight management · Self-control · Body weight · Smoking cessation · Autoregulation
Or perhaps resisting temptation is a form of stress, Resisting tempting foods and smoking behavior: Implications from a self-control theory perspective. Health Psychology, 28(3),
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The strength model of self-control has achieved a great degree of attention in the psychology literature given that failures to self-control can lead to personal and societal problems (e.g., underachievement in school or work, violence against others).
To be successful at self-regulation, individuals must be able to resist impulses and desires. The strength model of self-regulation suggests that when self-regulatory capacity is depleted, self-control deficits result from a failure to engage top-down control mechanisms.
Positive affect elicited with a video was able to counteract the detrimental effects of self-control depletion on smoking behavior, while writing exercises were associated with smoking.
The current research aims to examine the effect of self-control on eating behavior in individuals with high BMI from the perspective of the strength model, a topical theory of self-control. The ‘strength’ model of self-control is a relatively recently-developed theoretical approach that has been adopted to understand the effects of self-control on health behavior  ,  ,  .
Dikla Shmueli, PhD, was a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Adopting a within-participants randomized cross-over design, participants (study 1, N = 19; study 2, N = 32) were exposed to smoking-related (study 1: smoking images; study 2: cig
Findings corroborate our hypothesis that resisting smoking urges depletes cigarette smokers’ self-control resources and suggests that self-control capacity is governed by a limited resource. Resisting tempting foods and smoking behavior: Implications from a self-control theory perspective. Health Psychology. 2009;28:300-306.
ASHES, Vol. 5(6) – Resisting Tempting Foods and Cigarette Smoking. Many smokers are concerned about gaining weight if they quit smoking. Doctors recommend that individuals concentrate on smoking cessation rather than dieting until they are certain that they will not relapse (Fiore et al., 2008).