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Health Tip: Strengthen Self-Control

(HealthDay News) -- Whether it involves resisting a piece of chocolate cake or an ice cold beer, fighting temptation may be easier said than done.

But with clear goals, self-monitoring and practice, you can improve your self-control, says the American Psychological Association.

The association suggests:

  • Use the "out of sight, out of mind" approach.

  • Prepare "if-then" scenarios for tempting situations.

  • Stay motivated. This can overcome weakened willpower.

  • Like a muscle, regularly exercise self-control to improve it.

  • Eat regularly to maintain blood-sugar levels.

  • Focus on one goal at a time.

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