Wow! Hope for me. The article does state two contradictory results. In the short term, you should avoid wearing out your will power. If you try hard not to eat ice cream, later you will eat something else. So, avoid exposure to the ice cream. In the long term, exercising willpoer increases capacity. So, if ou wnat oa void eating icecream today and tomorrow, keep avoiding it until you can avoid ice cream and cookies afterward. That seems logically problematic since avoiding will power today will make me susceptible to impulses tomorrow. Maybe you build up will power in different arenas, like, going to the gym then helps you control the impulse to eat ice cream and cookies in a month.
Tighten Your Belt, Strengthen Your Mind – New York Times
In psychological studies, even something as simple as using your nondominant hand to brush your teeth for two weeks can increase willpower capacity. People who stick to an exercise program for two months report reducing their impulsive spending, junk food intake, alcohol use and smoking. They also study more, watch less television and do more housework. Other forms of willpower training, like money-management classes, work as well.