Hyperbolic Discounting

Why do we say ‘yes’ to the slice of pizza or to the oh-so-yummy cup-cake when we know that this can seriously set our health goals or diet regime back by some calories & more? Everytime.

Why do we forego the benefits of medium to long term for the pleasure of now?

Why do we eat salad for Monday lunch; only to give up by mid-week for Burger, Fries or other carb and fat combinations?

And how do we get out of this loop.

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Will it work? and keep us committed?

Whereas participants intuitively focused on delayed rewards to motivate their exercise, they indicated that a focus on immediate rewards would actually be more motivating for them (M=82.45, SD=21.72) than a focus on delayed rewards (M=77.18, SD=20.90; t(79)=2.23, p=. 029).

How Hyperbolic Discounting Influences Exercising Behavior
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