Football Losses, Eating, and Looking Ahead

This week, a lot of attention has been paid to the study that found football fans eat significantly more fats the day after a team loss and significantly fewer fats the day after a team win. The more you identify with the team, the greater your swings of food choices.

Its a great study but it got press because it is about football fans. Let’s take it a step further. The bad eating pattern goes something like this: We LOST > I feel bad > I want to feel better now > I eat fatty foods.  I could substitute: We BROKE UP > I feel bad > on and on… Or, I was passed over for a promotion that I wanted > I feel bad > bring on the fatty foods.

The important points

1. I feel especially bad because the event means a lot to me (team loss, love loss, job loss).

2. I want relief now.

When we are able to think ahead, i.e. the team has another season, I will find love, I will get the next promotion, it helps to avoid bad behaviors. Or, if thinking ahead is not happening, think to the side, i.e. I will follow volleyball, I will take some time to play piano (fill in an interest), or I will take a course in a new field. So, think ahead, or think to the side to get yourself out of the crappy present moment.

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One Response to “Football Losses, Eating, and Looking Ahead”

  1. September 23rd, 2013 4:37 pm
    C K

    Brilliant, as always. Looking for your next book. :)

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