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People Who Exercise Crave Healthier Food

People Who Exercise Crave Healthier Food

People Who Exercise Crave Healthier Food

People Who Exercise Crave Healthier Food

New research suggests that exercising makes us crave healthier food and not the high-calorie reward that those who don’t exercise usually seek.

Researchers say that exercise already provides us with energy – so people who exercise regularly do not seek out foods that provide a boost of energy.

New research suggests that exercising makes us crave healthier food and not the high-calorie reward that those who don’t exercise usually seek.

Researchers say that exercise already provides us with energy – so people who exercise regularly do not seek out foods that provide a boost of energy.

Experts claim that the results show exercise is a ‘win-win’ – getting you fit while also curbing the desire to overeat.

A team of researchers from Leeds University found activities like running act as a ‘buffer’ against an unhealthy appetite for those who regularly worked out were 15 percent less likely to want junk food.

However, couch potatoes were more likely to reward themselves with high-calorie meals.

Dr. Graham Finlayson, the lead of the study said, “Getting “a high” from exercise means people aren’t looking to get a reward elsewhere.” He then added, “What we found is that there is a clear relationship between the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity – raising your heart rate and building up a sweat – and the desire to eat high-fat food.”

“People that did the least exercise found high-fat food the most rewarding while those that did the most found it less appealing. Being active gives you a double whammy of health benefits. Our study shows it’s a win-win.”

The team of researchers will present their findings at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal. They tracked 180 participants ranging in age from 18 to 70 for a week. Each person was given an armband which monitored their physical activity.

The team of scientists found that the people who exercised the most – moving more than three hours a day – were 15 percent less likely to want to eat fatty or sugary foods. Instead, they sought low-fat foods.

Those who moved around for less than an hour and 20 minutes a day were significantly more interested foods higher in fat.

Dr. Finlayson said, “Engaging in lots of physical activity may act as a “buffer” against a preference for high-fat foods.” He continues, “We can speculate that people who already get their daily reward and enjoyment from exercise, are less likely to succumb to the temptation of fatty food.’ In a second study, 34 participants were unknowingly given either a high-energy porridge or a low-calorie version. Those who exercised subconsciously ate less at their next meal if they had eaten the high-calorie cereal. The more sedentary group ate the same in both circumstances.”

Dr. Finlayson also said, “Spending loads of time on the sofa seems to dis-regulate control over appetite. This makes people more vulnerable to the cravings for high-fat food. But people who are inactive are more vulnerable to the temptations of high-fat foods. They don’t have another outlet for their need for reward.’ A report published by NHS Digital in March revealed a quarter of adults in England are inactive and take fewer than 30 minutes of exercise every week.”

According to their stats, 58 percent of women and 68 percent of men are either overweight or obese.

Steven Ward, of the UK Active group, said, “We know physical activity is key to weight management by burning calories, but it’s a win-win that reaching for your gym shoes means you’re less likely to reach for the snack cupboard.”

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