Feeling stressed? Reach for the stereo, not the snacks! Experts say listening to music by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Eminem can stop you comfort eating 

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  • Experts say people often turn to food when they feel stressed or depressed.
  • Researchers analyzed how many snacks women ate after listening to music
  • Women listening to music ate ​​half the amount of breakfast

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It may seem natural to dip your hands in a biscuit tin after a stressful day at work.

But researchers believe they have uncovered a simple trick to help you overcome your urge to eat comfort – listen to music.

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The scientists analyzed how many snacks the women ate after listening to certain types of music.

Participants were made to feel depressed as part of the study’s effort to see how food and music might help them cope with negative emotions.

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Women who listened to music that freed up feelings of anger or sadness ate half the amount of crisps, chocolate, and sweets compared to volunteers who were given no headphones.

Other songs include Eminem's Mockingbird

The musical included songs such as Amy Winehouse (left) Back to Black, Eminem (right) Mockingbird, and Linkin Park’s In the End.

Such tunes include Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Eminem’s Mockingbird and Linkin Park’s In the End.

Women ate about a third less after listening to music like Coldplay’s Fix You or Sam Smith’s Take Me Down.

Dr Helen Coulthard, an expert in eating behavior at De Montfort University, said: ‘If you’re feeling stressed and you’re worried that might be due to eating a lot of unhealthy junk food, turn on your headphones and listen to some lovely relaxing music. Hear.’

He added that this method may also help some people lose weight.

How music works to help people eat less is not known, but experts suggest it may be linked to the release of happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin.

Annemieke van den Toll, a music psychologist at the University of Lincoln, co-author of the study, said: ‘I think the take-home message is that if we are stressed we may have a tendency to do something to make us feel better. ,

‘And unknowingly we may grab food because it’s giving us a positive dopamine, serotonin, that makes us feel better.

‘But think about alternatives – like music[which]can equally give you a boost and make you feel better when you’re sad or stressed.’

For each study, 120 women were asked to name a song when they felt sad, stressed or in need of distraction, and it was then played back to them while they were eating under the test conditions.

The findings were presented at the British Science Festival being organized by De Montfort University in Leicester.

What should a balanced diet look like?

According to the NHS, meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains.

According to the NHS, meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains.

• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruits and vegetables count

• Foods based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally whole grains

• 30 grams of fiber a day: This is the same as eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruits and vegetables, 2 biscuits of whole wheat cereal, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and a large baked potato with the skin

• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soy drinks), choose low-fat and low-sugar options

• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (2 portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily)

• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consume them in moderation

• Drink 6-8 cups/glass of water a day

• Adults should have less than 6 grams of salt and 20 grams of saturated fat per day for women or 30 grams for men

Source: NHS Eatwell Guide

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