The newest diet fad might be a former video game fad. New research claims that playing Tetris for as few as three minutes can weaken food cravings—as well as cravings for other things like cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, drugs and sex. Wow, no wonder Tetris was so addictive back in the ‘90s!
In a recently published paper in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the UK’s Plymouth University and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology had 31 undergraduate students report on different cravings they were having throughout the day. When desire hit, 15 members of the group were required to play the classic block-dropping game Tetris on an iPod and then report their craving levels afterwards.
According to the researchers’ findings, Tetris was able to reduce these students’ cravings by one-fifth, and the ability of the game to curb cravings lasted for the entire duration of the experiment. Tetris was even effective on higher cravings experienced under the influence of alcohol. That’s right: Tetris can even cut down your sloppy, late night drunk eating!