If I was told my first ever post on music will be about diet or meal, I would disbelieve over and again, but here I am, writing on Music as a trending diet. I was skeptical about writing this(for the record) but I’ve had to answer tons of questions on how I manage to retain my stature, especially my workout routine and diet plan. Well, I don’t do any of those, I’m too lazy to keep up.
Delving into the topic, music is known to benefit man in several ways; as a means of relaxation, relief from stress, depression, and, anxiety, as a mood improver, and so much more. I bet you’d never guess that music can affect your meal/eating behaviour, do you know about that? Now, music is vocal or instrumental sounds(or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. At this point, you’re probably thinking of how it relates to eating habits, you’ll see.
How Music Affects Eating Behaviour
Ever wondered why restaurants, eateries, and bars play music as a background sound? Beyond entertainment, music influences an individual’s meal consumption. I’ll talk about three aspects of music meal in today’s article;
- The intensity of Music: Talking about volumes of music, food intake seems to be increased when the volume of music is high. A perfect example is a bar, you tend to consume more drink more when you’re at a bar than at your house. Music with extreme volumes creates a different type of vibe/atmosphere which signals “take more in”, that’s why a lot of people look forward to going to bars or clubs during weekends.
- Rhythm Of Music: Eating in a restaurant however is different even with extreme volumes. Wonder why? The tempo of the sound. The music is usually exciting and mood cheering, that’s why even children enjoy eating at eateries whether or not the meal tastes great and then look forward to the next visit. The human brain releases several neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and epinephrine as well as serotonin, dopamine, leptin, and oxytocin which, when acting in combination, can affect and regulate mood, music, however, can cause this to happen. Once you’re excited, you tend to eat more; you’ll sometimes spend above your budget and it’s not your fault at all.
- Duration Of Music: This is my little secret, listening to music is very satisfying, I don’t even remember to eat throughout the day sometimes because I’m so filled with a good melody. You feel hungry when you’re tired, weak, exhausted, and especially bored, and you can’t feel this way listening to music, you’re either savoring emotion; sadness, happiness, anger, whichever one, or relaxing. Do you feel hungry when relaxing? I doubt except you want to keep your mouth busy. This helps you diet unconsciously, you should try out my little secret.
About music durations, you’ll spend more time in the dining area when listening to music while eating. For example, I spend about 30-45mins eating than the regular 10-15minures eating duration which buys me more time before I feel hungry again. So, the effect of music on meals cannot be overemphasized, add this to your meal plan/routine.
I’ll end with this, not everything that works out for me will work out for you. You might not find this as an effective way to diet, like I said earlier, I wrote this post because of the questions I’ve had to answer. If you have a different opinion or experience with music while eating or any thoughts, let me know in the comments section below, I’ll gladly read through and give responses where necessary. Thanks!