5 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Emotional Eating

December 7, 2015 11:06 PM

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2. Cake plus guilt equals less weight loss. Cake is a comfort food that can be associated with guilt and worry or pleasure and enjoyment. In a study of dieters, the participants who associated cake with "guilt" vs. "celebration" were less likely to lose weight over a three-month period. Those who had positive feelings and associated cake with being a comfort food were more likely to lose weight during those three months (Kuijer & Boyce 2014). The take-home message: guilt can derail your efforts.

3. Comfort foods are not cross-cultural. Have you assumed that chocolate is the go-to feel-better food everywhere in the world? It's not. People in different countries find comfort from various foods. For example, in Japan, miso soup, okayu (rice porridge that is made when children are sick), and ra...

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