It has been postulated that light to moderate exercise may reduce sugar cravings. Arya Sharma on a study that offers some evidence. While this is far from settled, it is certainly easy to try and brisk walks are healthy.
The study appears in PLoS ONE
Acute Effects of Brisk Walking on Sugary Snack Cravings in Overweight People, Affect and Responses to a Manipulated Stress Situation and to a Sugary Snack Cue: A Crossover Study
Larissa Ledochowski1*, Gerhard Ruedl1, Adrian H. Taylor2, Martin Kopp1
1 Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck, Fürstenweg 185, 6020, Innsbruck, Austria,
2 Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry, Room N32, ITTC Building, Tamar Science Park, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8BX, United Kingdom
Research has shown that acute exercise reduces urges for chocolate in normal weight peo- ple. This study aimed to examine the effects of an acute exercise bout on urges to consume sugary snacks, affect as well as ‘psychological and physiological responses’ to stress and a ‘sugary snack cue’, in overweight individuals. Following 3 days of chocolate-abstinence, 47 overweight, sugary snack consumers were assessed, in 2 randomly ordered conditions, in a within-subject design: 15-min brisk walk or passive control. Following each, participants completed 2 tasks: Stroop color–word interference task, and handling sugary snacks. Urges for sugary snacks, affective activation and valence were assessed. ANOVAs re- vealed significant condition x time interaction effects for: urges to consume sugary snacks, affective valence and activation. Obtained data show that exercise reduces urges for sugary snacks and attenuates urges in response to the stress situation and the cue in overweight people.
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