Study proposes unusual technique to resist late-night snacks
After a hard day, it is very common to turn to food as an outlet for stress relief and end up overeating on fried foods and treats. But a new study done at the University of Lincoln, England, suggests a different practice for controlling calorie snacks after hours: listening to certain types of music.
Psychologist Annemieke van den Tol, co-author of the study, analyzed how many snacks the research participants ate after listening to certain styles of music to understand how the songs work in coping with negative emotions. The result published in British Science Festival (British Science Festival)organized by the University of Montfort in Leicester, suggests the strategy may help some people lose weight.
Women who listened to music that aroused feelings of anger or sadness – such as Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black; Eminem’s Mockingbird; and Linkin Park’s In The End – ate half of the snacks offered, compared to volunteers who didn’t listen to music. Those who listened to songs with comforting lyrics – like Coldplay’s Fix You or Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down – consumed about a third less.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Brazil is the most anxious country in the world, and has recorded even more cases of the condition during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to adults, anxiety can also manifest in children for various reasons, such as parents’ divorce, tests or problems at school, for example.Elva Etienne/ Getty Images
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Despite being considered relatively common, since it can affect anyone for any reason, anxiety becomes a real problem when everything becomes a cause for exaggerated concern and the patient starts to have crises.Tara Moore/Getty Images
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The crisis usually arises due to specific stressful situations that generate triggers, such as having to make a presentation, having a short deadline to deliver a work, being somewhere you wouldn’t want to or having suffered a loss, for example.Tara Moore/Getty Images
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These symptoms occur due to the increase in the adrenaline hormone in the bloodstream, something normal when a person faces an important moment. However, if symptoms become constant, they may signal a generalized anxiety disorder.Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images
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The researchers believe the effect may be related to the release of dopamine and serotonin that occurs while listening to music. Both are known as happiness hormones for arousing feelings of pleasure, satisfaction and increased motivation. In practice, people feel more emotionally satisfied and need to turn to comfort food less.