For sure, I don’t know. But I can speculate on this.
On the very early days of my dieting, I started to feel a very strange sensation in my mouth, primarily, and also in my body. It felt like if something was lacking. I had been eating properly, so I was not hungry. Still, that strange sensation lingered.
I started to verbalize what I was lacking, and to say “I need something”, “I need something”, and then I discovered it. It was not an oral fixation, it was not the need to have something to chew, or something to suck on. Simply put, I was addicted to tasting.
Yes, that is what it was. I just needed to stimulate my taste buds with whatever was necessary and available. It was a constant need to taste something, and after that, to taste something else. I am not sure of the psychological implications of dieting, but that is what I was going through. It was like if my body was telling my mouth to go and taste something because the body needed it. But no, it’s purely and solely the mouth wanting to be stimulated with different tastes.
And here is where I go into my speculation on obesity. If you are addicted to taste, chances are that you will sneak anything available to you. More than likely, you will put together a selection of items that you want to taste, and eat it all despite being full.
Take snacks for instance. If you serve yourself a bowl of not so good snacks, you are overeating. Think about grabbing a little sweet, like a candy bar. You are overeating. Making yourself a little sandwich may be okay, but putting those chips, adding mayonnaise and having a sweetened drink will turn into overeating. All because your taste buds are deprived of something to taste.
This constant overeating, paired with lack of exercise are one of the reasons for obesity, not including the media, the food companies, food trends, restaurants, and some wrong education we have received.
To come, a take on the fast food industry.