Archive for December, 2011

Crave chocolate? Take a walk

Not only can exercise help you eat a healthy diet, it can cut down on your chocolate consumption as well.

A new British study shows that even in stressful situations, workers ate only half as much chocolate as they normally would after a short burst of physical activity.

A 15-minute walk cut snacking on chocolate at work by half, according to research by the University of Exeter published in the journal Appetite.

The research suggests that a short exercise break away from your desk can help keep your mind off snacking.

“We know that snacking on high-calorie foods, like chocolate, at work can become a mindless habit and can lead to weight gain over time,” said lead researcher Professor Adrian Taylor of the University of Exeter.

“We often feel that these snacks give us an energy boost, or help us deal with the stress of our jobs, including boredom.

People often find it difficult to cut down on their daily treats but this study shows that by taking a short walk, they are able to regulate their intake by half.”

Many studies show exercise can elevate your mood and boost your energy level.

So when you feel the urge for a candy bar, take a walk instead.

Exercise Can Help You Eat a Healthy Diet

Calories in, calories out.

That’s the tried and true way to lose weight – eat less, exercise more.

A new compilation of epidemiological evidence of weight loss shows that exercise can, in fact, help you eat a more healthy diet, say Harvard researchers.

“Physical exercise seems to encourage a healthy diet.

In fact, when exercise is added to a weight-loss diet, treatment of obesity is more successful and the diet is adhered to in the long run,” says the lead Harvard researcher Miguel Alonso Alonso.

His study was published in the October issue of Obesity Reviews.

Regular physical exercise also causes changes in the working and structure of the brain, in particular, in executive functions, which include inhibitory control.

“In time, exercise produces a potentiating effect of executive functions including the ability for inhibitory control, which can help us to resist the many temptations that we are faced with everyday in a society where food, especially hypercaloric food, is more and more omnipresent,” says Alonso Alonso.

Basically, that means that exercise also helps your brain know when your belly is full so you can better control your appetite.

So go out and exercise.

Your brain, and your belly, will thank you for it.