Many people turn to food when they are in a bad mood, even if they are not hungry. When you find yourself in a similar situation, what do you do? Have you tried telling yourself that the food will not make you feel better? Does this solution sound too easy? A study at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio shows this simple strategy works.
Volunteers who were feeling down ate fewer high fat snacks when researchers assured them that the snacks would not improve their moods. A coauthor of the study, and a psychology professor, stated that research also shows that overeating will not lift a bad mood. Furthermore, they find that people recognize this fact is true by simply hearing it. The professor noted that this is why just telling the volunteers in their study that food will not make them feel better, resulted in them consuming less fatty snacks.
It’s a simply strategy that you can try to help you resist turning to food when you feel low. And you should feel better that you beat temptation!