In this article we will discover something more about the phenomenon of involuntary overfeeding.
- 1 FOOD SELF-CONTROL: IT IS NOT ONLY A FORCE OF WILL
- 2 INVOLUNTARY OVERFEEDING AND ELBOW THEORY: OR HOW THE ENVIRONMENT CAN CONDITION OUR FOOD CHOICES
- 3 EXPERIMENT OF 30 CONTROLLED EATERS AND 30 FRIENDLY EATERS
- 4 AS THE OTHER PEOPLE INFLUENCE THE INVOLONTARY SUPPLY
- 5 PRACTICAL ACTIONS ON OUR ENVIRONMENT TO EAT BETTER AND IN LESS QUANTITY
- 6 HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF INVOLONTARY SURFACE TO THE ROOT (AND FOREVER)
FOOD SELF-CONTROL: IT IS NOT ONLY A FORCE OF WILL
We will see how the home and professional environment can unconsciously change our behavior foods (including involuntary overeating) and how to use this discovery in our favor.
The nutritionist, dr. Sachiko Yamanaka, suggests that many environmental and social factors imperceptibly influence our behavior at all times, including our food choices and the amount of food we consume.
This contradicts our conventional ideas about eating habits, which are usually based on ours resistance.
In other words, we believe that it is up to the individual to resist the urge to eat unhealthy food and that difficulties in changing our eating behaviors stem from the lack of willpower - as in the example of involuntary overeating. However, Yamanaka found some inaccuracies in this.
INVOLUNTARY OVERFEEDING AND ELBOW THEORY: OR HOW THE ENVIRONMENT CAN CONDITION OUR FOOD CHOICES
Yamanaka adopts the use of "elbow theory”In his research, which recognizes that people's food choices and level of consumption are psychologically manipulated and subtly by the environment in which they are inserted.
The father of the theory of Nudge (lett. "theory of gomitatine"), the Nobel laureate Richard Thaler, says that putting healthy foods like fruits and vegetables in more exposed places and hiding unhealthy junk foods has a profound effect on people's food choices and intake.
In simple terms, if junk food is visible, we will eat more. However, if fruits and vegetables are visible, we will eat more of these healthier foods.
While Yamanaka is not suggesting that we have no control over our eating habits, he believes the key point is that we shouldn't underestimate the impact of our surroundings on these behaviors.
Only when we have a realistic perspective of what governs our choices and decisions with respect to our food that we can successfully adopt healthier habits.
Yamanaka states that stimulations such asappearance of food and its smell they have a strong influence on our eating behavior.
The modification of the shape, size and position of a course also affects the amount of food we eat.
Similar research by Dr. Brian Wansink has also shown that environmental factors like the shape of the dish, the size of the packets, the variety, the lighting and the socialization, they influence our food choices and consumption much more than we think.
EXPERIMENT OF 30 CONTROLLED EATERS AND 30 FRIENDLY EATERS
Research by Ward and Mann have been involved 30 disciplined eaters and 30 unruly eaters.
This study found that people normally used to make a dietary restriction and closely monitor their food intake, eat more if they are distracted in some way.
On the contrary, people normally used to not making dietary restrictions and eating without self-control eat less if they are distracted in any way.
These results show that when people who have a habit of high control over their eating behaviors come distracted by some activity, as socialize, watch TV, read etc.. they will lose their habitual control over food by sabotaging their healthy dietary goals.
Remove distractions during meals and snacks, and concentrate only on the act of eating in a conscious way, savoring every bite and listening to the signals of one's body about the sensation of satiety, helps the less disciplined people to improve their nutrition and to eat less.
AS THE OTHER PEOPLE INFLUENCE THE INVOLONTARY SUPPLY
The behaviors that other people have in social situations also influence us in some way ...
Instead of being guided by our internal behavioral standards, in different social contexts we are driven by the behavior of other people.
Their behavior informs us of what behavior is normal and acceptable in that situation. So, if the norm is to give yourself a snack (for example, when we are at a party), this is what most people will do.
Although emotional factors play a significant role in people's disordered eating, research findings clearly show that it is not just the emotional factors we have to deal with.
PRACTICAL ACTIONS ON OUR ENVIRONMENT TO EAT BETTER AND IN LESS QUANTITY
Wansink suggests that our unconscious excessive consumption of food can be reduced if we make small changes to our environments personal.
For example, be aware of and minimize distractions while we're eating, like turning off the TV and discouraging the nibbling, focusing only on our food, can really help.
Furthermore, being aware of the influence of food itself on our eating behaviors can help us.
For example, decide how much we will eat before consuming a meal instead of during, keeping the food in less accessible places, and definitively throwing away the cookie jar.
The research tells us that it is not enough to try to resist our impulses on eating wrong food or eating too much: we must also develop one awareness environmental "nudges" about eating more and making subtle changes to our personal environments.
Doing it can help a lot in the reduce the many temptations to eat unhealthily and help us cultivate the eating behaviors we desire.
HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF INVOLONTARY SURFACE TO THE ROOT (AND FOREVER)
There are numerous tools to facilitate this kind of dietary and lifestyle-related change.
Uncontrolled feeding disorder, binge eating, compulsive binges, and in general the loss of control within the relationship with food can also be overcome in a way autonomous and holistic if you know how to do it.
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