The secret reason we eat too much
I spent a lot of my life struggling with depression.
And in an attempt to relieve myself of my depressive tendencies, I have spent a lot of time learning about the brain.
The brain is fascinating because we know pretty much nothing about it.
But anyway, I digress.
If you ask someone why they eat, they would probably respond with something like “Because I need to.” Or “Because I love food.”
But think about it.
How many times have you eaten something when you weren’t hungry? Or didn’t particularly like the taste of what you were eating?
If we eat when we aren’t hungry, or eat things that aren’t delicious, then we’re not eating from need or want.
So why do we eat when we don’t need or want to?
Well, many people use food to distract from negative, or even just neutral, thoughts.
Or feelings we don’t like. Or boredom.
This is probably not news to you.
But what follows most likely will be.
We have this thing in our brain called the DMN. The default mode network. It’s basically the system of thoughts that runs through our brains as soon as we stop consciously thinking.
When we’re not focusing our attention on something in particular, our brain will start thinking “by default”. These are the thought patterns that just run through the back of your brain all day long. The thoughts you’ve thought a million times.
If your “default mode network” is friendly. Good for you.
But for many people, their DMN not particularly friendly. It tells you why you’re not good enough. What you could have done better three months ago. Replay that mistake you made when you were five. Tell you that if you just weren’t so lazy, you would be in a better place right now.
Your specifics will be different.
But no matter the actual content of these thoughts, many of us eat to avoid them.
Or obsess over what we eat, to give our brains something else to focus on.
This is a sad state of affairs.
And it’s why diets and most attempts to change other life long habits don’t work.
Because when people stop eating (or participating in whatever ‘bad habit’ they have), they’re faced with their own thoughts.
It’s like trying to put a band aid on a blood infection.
It doesn’t really to help because it doesn’t get to the root of the problem.
But the REALLY cool thing is…
Our brains are malleable.
We can consciously change our thought patterns.
And when you start to do that, your habits start to change naturally.
That’s how you can effortlessly stop binge eating. Or start craving salads.
Its so much easier, more fun, and more sustainable than pretty much anything else out there.
And that’s what we teach.
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