|Two cigs? She must be on the Love Diet.|
Where do love and crash dieting intersect? If you're a typical guy, this question may sound like jibberish. If you're one of the five women in the country who can eat half a strawberry cheesecake at three in the morning and never gain an ounce, it may confound you, too. But if you're like many appearance-driven Miami women (and gay men), you've probably already been on what Short Order calls "The Love Diet."
The Love Diet is driven by involuntary hormone production and conscious food deprivation. When a woman meets a man she finds desirable, a natural chemical rush ensues. In an article titled Defining the Brain Systems of Lust, Romantic Attraction and Attachment
, biological anthropologist Helen E. Fisher, Ph.D., wrote about a stage of love called "romantic attraction," in which people (women and
men) tend to feel "psychophysical responses, including exhilaration, euphoria, increased energy, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, trembling, a pounding heart, and accelerated breathing." Basically, it's comparable to shooting pure cocaine in your arm. Some women say that when they experience the suppressed appetite as a result of meeting a new beau, they take advantage of the boost and turn their high into full-fledged crash dieting.More »