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There's a Scientific Reason Why You Lose Your Appetite After a Breakup

If you've been through a breakup, you know that it can take a physical toll on you.

You probably feel achy and tired for days on end, and (if you're female) spend a lot of time watching movies involving Ryan Gosling. It turns out that there's a scientific reason for these physical symptoms.

A writer in the Netherlands conducted research and found that the days immediately following a split send your body into a tailspin. You're thrown into a state of "fight or flight" that yields an increased heart rate, high levels of adrenaline, plus a decrease in appetite. The bad news? When your appetite does return, your body's response will prompt you to crave fatty, unhealthy foods. Hey, at least you know there's a reason you're practically dreaming about pizza. The only solution seems to be to round up your friends, grab some Ben & Jerry's, and ride out the storm.



Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.