Got a craving for carbs or sweets? Take a hike.
That’s the take-home message of new research that suggests a 15-minute walk is enough to quell even the most desperate desires for chocolate, sweets, and other high-calorie carbs, Medical News Today reports.
The findings are based on a new study by the University of Innsbruck in Austria designed to determine whether replacing sedentary behavior with a 15-minute bout of physical activity is an effective aid for breaking the habitual consumption of snack food.
For the study, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS ONE, the team tracked 47 overweight people who reported eating chocolate or other high-calorie sugary snacks on a daily basis.
The researchers asked half of the participants to walk on a treadmill while the other half were simply required to sit quietly for the same period.
After a five-minute rest, participants were offered a selection of sugary snacks and asked to unwrap one snack of their choice and handle it for about 30 seconds.
While doing so, the researchers measured the participants’ heart rate and blood pressure to gauge their level of craving and “emotional arousal.”
The results showed the individuals who had taken a walk reported decreased cravings compared with the sedentary group. The non-exercisers also had elevated pulse rates and reported stronger cravings while handling the snacks.
“Short bouts of physical activity may reduce the craving for sugary snacks in overweight people,” the researchers concluded. “The promotion of short bouts of physical activity could be valuable for reducing the urge to consume at times when the person may be particularly vulnerable.”
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