Weight Loss Diet for the Real World – Tip #8

Do you find yourself mindlessly noshing all day? Yeah, me too sometimes. Let’s just say it’s not the best way to lose weight! So I was happy when I stumbled on an article about how music stimulates the pleasure centers in our brain just like food does. My husband has always claimed that I use music for “mood modulation.” And operatic arias were the signal at my old job that I was very busy (actually it was probably the signal that I was having a bad day – whatever it was, my staff gave me a wide berth on those days). But music has always soothed me, and now I am going to use it to keep me motivated to lose weight.

According to a study out of McGill University, the pleasure we gain from listening to music causes some people to react physically with chills. There is also a corresponding chemical response with the release of dopamine, which helps us feel the pleasure of food (or sex, or drugs for that matter). The study was done using instrumental music only, and the greatest responses were obtained with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Beethovan’s Ninth Symphony, and Dubussy’s Clair de Lune.  Of course, there’s lots more to this study but our focus here is on using music to stay motivated, so…….

Dust off those classical CD’s, update your iPod, and let beautiful music keep you motivated. Feel the pleasure of  losing weight.


Here are a few of my favorite “low-calorie CD’s”

anything  Yo-Yo Ma

Sienna by Brian Crain

Tapestry by Carole King

eden by Sarah Brightman

John Williams Greatest Hits

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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