That moment when you decide to just say, “To heck with the diet”, and then you spend 2 or 3 or 7 days reverting to your previous food plan gains you what? WEIGHT! Then you kick yourself again after you step on the scales and they tell you that you have ANOTHER 10 or 20 pounds to lose! Why do we do this? I think there are several reasons!
Stress or Anxiety is a big factor in overeating! It doesn’t matter where the stress or emotional tension comes from (work, family, school, etc.), everyone needs to deal with daily frustrations in some way. So, you’re not a nail-biter. And there’s no way you’re going to pull any hair out of your head after seeing uncle Joe go bald at 22.
So what do you do when you’re stressed? Eat. Emotional eating may sound like a problem more often experienced by women, but some men deal with emotional upheaval by overeating as well. Whether it’s due to stress, courtesy of your unbelievably demanding boss, or anxiety over a breakup, when life becomes stressful, many men overeat to sublimate frustrations.
Eating gives people a feeling of control and power, and the sensory experience of taste and the comfort of a full stomach may act as distractions from the problems you want to avoid.
Boredom eating is the other issue that comes to mind! You may overeat because there’s nothing better to do. Think about it: All of your buddies are busy with their girlfriends and the only thing worth watching on TV is the Discovery Channel special on bats — and you’ve already seen it, twice. But, hey, it’ll be a lot more interesting if you watch it while eating a bag of chips, right?
Many men also eat just for the sake of eating, even when the TV isn’t on. Eating is a visceral, sensory activity, and charges up the senses — which is why eating is often seen as a form of entertainment in and of itself. Sure, it might be fun, but it’s not the kind of hobby that will help your golf game or make you a more engaging conversationalist.