Scientists at Sheffield University have warned who fast that a foul mood will make them fail in their goals this Lent.
Evidence suggests bad moods can lead us to abandon our dieting goals in favour of eating something nice to cheer ourselves up.
In short, bad moods mean we are more likely to say ‘to hell with it’ and turn to the biscuit tin.
But the Sheffield research shows that forming a specific plan specifying how you will manage your mood could prevent bad moods from leading to impulsive behaviour.
Dr Thomas Webb said: “Deciding when, where and how to act in advance can help people to stick to their goals.
“Planning helps to reduce the impact of bad moods on risky and impulsive behaviour at Lent.”