Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise by Robert E. Thayer

By Robert E. Thayer

Weight problems is achieving alarming proportions. during this insightful new method of knowing why this is often occurring, acclaimed temper scientist Robert Thayer bargains a brand new appreciation of the genuine cause--emotional consuming. yet this isn't simply emotional consuming as formerly identified; quite it's a new medical research of precisely how diversified moods have an effect on consuming. He exhibits how extraordinary tension in society and epidemic degrees of melancholy have led humans to foodstuff as a terrible technique of coping with temper. during this unique method, Thayer describes how people's day-by-day power and stress diversifications happen, and the way this information is helping triumph over the urge to consume the inaccurate nutrition and to accomplish the target of "calm energy." additionally, during this most recent medical research of workout and temper, he exhibits how actual job is vital to mental and actual future health, but why it truly is resisted. Thayer's paintings has been mentioned in 1000's of journal and newspaper articles, and the following he outlines intimately the state of the art theories and medical examine findings that experience generated this broad media attention.

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The mix of low energy and increased tension has never been experienced by so many people. Many of us try to cope by self-regulating our moods, too often by overeating or eating the wrong things. Of course, not everyone reacts to negative conditions with increased eating. As we will see in subsequent chapters, the amount of stress and depression one feels can be an important determinant of whether he or she eats to feel better. Some people eat less when they are stressed or depressed, but enough people turn to food to have made obesity a society-wide problem.

The researchers asked each participant to rate her mood before she began on the treadmill and immediately after stopping. As you might expect, some of the biggest mood changes that the researchers found were decreased feelings of vigor and energy, and increased feelings of fatigue. But tension and anxiety also decreased significantly. These subjects had engaged in heavy exercise—just as you might if you worked out really hard at a gym—and they felt exhausted, but their tension had decreased significantly.

Indeed, juggling work and home schedules probably makes women's lives even more stressful than men's. Downsizing is a continuous source of stress. Even though employment may be high, workers are always looking over their shoulders about what is to come. An International Survey Research poll recently found that 44 percent of those polled worry frequently about being laid off—a substantial increase from the 22 percent who worried about it in I988. 28 Another change in the workplace that has produced increased stress is the rapid rise in temp work.

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