Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise by Robert E. Thayer

By Robert E. Thayer

Weight problems is attaining alarming proportions. during this insightful new method of realizing why this can be taking place, acclaimed temper scientist Robert Thayer bargains a brand new appreciation of the genuine cause--emotional consuming. yet this isn't simply emotional consuming as formerly recognized; quite it's a new clinical research of precisely how varied moods impact consuming. He exhibits how extraordinary pressure in society and epidemic degrees of melancholy have led humans to meals as a terrible technique of dealing with temper. during this unique technique, Thayer describes how people's day-by-day strength and pressure adaptations happen, and the way this data is helping conquer the urge to devour the incorrect foodstuff and to accomplish the target of "calm energy." additionally, during this newest clinical research of workout and temper, he indicates how actual job is key to mental and actual well-being, but why it truly is resisted. Thayer's paintings has been mentioned in enormous quantities of journal and newspaper articles, and the following he outlines intimately the state-of-the-art theories and clinical learn findings that experience generated this broad media attention.

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The reason many people give for not exercising more is that they are just too busy. Exercise takes time, and they feel they can't devote the hour or so a day it requires to stay fit. There is a certain truth to the lack-oftime argument. 12 And How Are Exercise and Mood Related? 33 too little sleep causes negative moods because it leaves us with less energy to keep up with our responsibilities. The inevitable result is increased tension—"tense tiredness," I call it. As we self-regulate with food to change our negative moods, we need more exercise or we will gain weight—and thus the cycle traps us: stress and lack of sleep produce bad moods, which make it difficult to exercise and which induce us to eat more.

Anyone doubting the pleasurable effect of even a temporary decrease in depression should realize that depression is a How Are Exercise and Mood Related? 43 very unpleasant state. 43 Clearly, relief from feelings of depression is pleasurable. It must be said, of course, that the depression-reducing effects of exercise aren't always obvious. You will recall the depressed women who gave up the walking that was reducing their depression because they were too tired to do it. It is sometimes necessary to make the cognitive connection between exercise and elevated mood in order to motivate yourself to begin exercising.

This tension reduction is exactly what many of my students have described experiencing after their intense workouts, and indeed I have experienced it myself, but not all studies support it. 27 In one How Are Exercise and Mood Related? 28 VO2 peak can be thought of as something like maximum heart rate, and this twenty-minute task was certainly a heavy workload. Light and moderate workloads of 40 percent and 60 percent VO2 peak also were used in two other conditions. When these researchers analyzed systematic self-ratings from the subjects of their anxiety levels, they found that, at the highest workload, anxiety was significantly increased five minutes after finishing, but by one hour it was significantly decreased.

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