It is no secret that our weight can affect our health directly and we can end up living in fear of the Scary Scales to weigh ourselves. But we can be very hard on our bodies and there are some days, when we do not treat them like a temple. Far from it !
Let´s face it, we have all had a “pig out” on junk food or even had a wild night out on the booze. Then the next day we feel a little guilty about our health and all in all a little bit rough… to say the least. But what is the psychology behind all this?
Why Do We Have”Pig-Outs” and Wild Nights Out and Forget About Our Health?
The psychologist Dr Leigh Gibson, Reader in Biopsychology at Roehampton University, explains why we do this to our bodies. ‘Cravings are an overwhelming sensation of desire for a certain food. There are a number of chemicals in the brain that are associated with this. ‘First, there is dopamine, a brain chemical that is involved in learning and concentration. When we see or experience something new, dopamine is released in the brain. ‘This works in tandem with other brain chemicals called opioids, which give us feelings of enjoyment and pleasure. The combination of these two factors mean that the brain associates certain activities with pleasure, and it teaches us to do them again and again.
How Can We Stop This Abuse on Our Health?
And What about the Scary Scales?
Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and speechwriter. She helps people to stay motivated and create balance in their lives. She is passionate about helping people think differently and grow. Sally also creates content for businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups. Lover of plants, freedom, and football!