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I just realized....

Saturday, February 02, 2013

So I was posting on another blog where the blogger asked for suggestions to curb nighttime snacking, and I observed that I was not feeling the urge to snack as much while watching TV at night. I think I may have hit on something here, so tell me if any of you have observed a similar phenomenon. We (Larry and I) watch almost no "live" TV, and pretty much watch shows on Netflix, either streaming or DVD. Well, you know what, they don't have commercials with all kinds of tempting food triggers....so I was thinking, is my lack of food cravings because of the absence of those images? I would think almost certainly this has to be the case. So has anyone else noticed this?

I'm going to try to be more aware and see if I notice more food cravings while watching regular TV (like the superbowl tomorrow....if we watch it!). Since it's supposed to be a nice sunny day, I'd probably rather just ski! But we should get back in time to see some, if not all of the game, and I'm sure Larry will want to watch it. He hates commercials though, so will more than likely start changing the channel when those come on....which drives me nuts....
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    first, commercials are geared to whet appetites... for sure, that could be part of the problem. also, what else is there to do in those empty breaks?

    second, I get midnight munchies just because it's cooling down time, when active mode goes into passive. best time to eat. it takes a lot of discipline and willpower for me to stop the evening mindless face-stuffing.

    and last but not least-- you gotta be joking. superbowl without the ads? here in Germany we get superbowl but none of those famous ads, just a lot of talk about how great they are and that most people watch superbowl just because of the ads!??!
    1792 days ago
    The others are right. It's hard to watch TV and not be hungry because of all the food commercials. My problem ? I love watching the PBS cooking shows on the weekends. Talk about food cravings. LOL !!!

    In general, I have cut back the hours I watch TV. The other problem ? I now spend more time on the computer. I figure I probably spend equal amounts reading books, watching TV, playing computer games or "sparking". That's balance for me, for now.

    I do think I'm immune to most food commercials. One thing I've found is that the food in real life rarely tastes as good as it looks on TV. Can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed with something I ate that I saw on a commercial.

    1834 days ago
    ...you don't feel like eating after watching a Klingon meal???


    1834 days ago
    That's OK, Punchie, sometimes being in the minority is a good thing!
    1834 days ago
    Subliminal behavior modification through TV, quite dangerous, because they can manipulate the viewers to whatever they are susceptible to, like in the case of the pancakes, envy to drink coke or pepsi, or to have one those dinners at Olive Garden or envy to buy one of those expensive cars to be "likable". Ads reach their goal, don't they?

    Thanks for making us aware again of that. I don't watch regular TV either and I don't have those night cravings.

    Amazingly a lot of people wait impatiently for the Super Bowl ads, in my humble opinion they have been could I say" trapped in the frenzy" what it is exactly what the commercials want. I'm personally not interested in either the Super Bowl or the TV ads, minority in this case I'm sure.
    1834 days ago
    By golly, I think you've got something there!
    I remember one time when I was was a teenager, I participated in a focus group to rate some television pilots for potential selection as a regular series. A friend and I went to a theater in Hollywood where we watched a big screen with the shows and there was a dial we used to rate our reactions to what we were watching, positive or negative. After we rated 3 pilot shows, we watched several versions of a commercial for pancakes - they all featured the batter being poured onto the griddle, rising up as it sizzled, butter oozing over it....the whole 9 yards visually. After the commercials were rated, we finished a little bit of paperwork, collected our pay for the evening's 'work,' and had an incredible urge to head over to IHOP, which was about 2 blocks away, even though neither of us typically ate pancakes - ever!

    When we got there, we were shocked to see it was JAMMED, even though it was rather late on a week-night, a time when they would ordinarily not be busy at all. It slowly dawned on us that everyone else there had been in the same screening session we were in!! It was like we had all been hypnotized into rushing over to IHOP with an insatiable craving for pancakes, something I didn't even particularly like - so it was puzzling to me at the time until I put 2 and 2 together. There had been 250 people in the screening and it looked like there were close to 250 people at IHOP afterward!

    Just to confirm my suspicion, I asked the waitress when we were finally seated if it was usually this busy at 11pm on a weeknight and she replied 'Only when the Blah=Blah screening group shows pancake commercials.' [after all these years, I don't remember the name but she accurately described the place we had just come from]

    Nuff said!!
    1839 days ago
    Ha, we've been watching a lot of Star Trek: Next Generation on Netflix, their food does not make me want to eat! Especially when the Klingons are having a meal!
    1842 days ago
    I do the same thing and I agree it helps.

    It also helps me to know I can turn it off and come back another day if I DO get the urge to eat (it often happens when the people in the show are eating).
    1842 days ago
    Interesting. I'll pay more attention. For me, I eat dinner late which I think contributes to my lack of munching. Dinner is my cue to stop eating, which is kind of odd....
    1842 days ago
    You may be right! We don't watch regular TV either and I tend to have one snack at night and it is usually more like a small meal instead of regular snacking.

    You are on to something lady!
    1842 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    I'm not a huge tv watcher, but your comments are intersting
    1843 days ago
  • CGARR442
    I don't watch TV much either and what I do watch is DVR'd so we fast forward through the commercials. I still have some problems with night time snacking but not nearly as badly as I do if I'm watching live TV.
    I think you are on to something and probably have the right idea.

    1843 days ago
    I think that you are on to something with the TV commercials causing cravings.

    Larry is the one that's nuts, the Super Bowl commercials are better than the football game. LOL!
    1843 days ago
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