Rise, shine and slim-down. Read on, ladies.
Research has found 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise (stretching in your pajamas doesn’t count, people) in the morning can reduce food’s appeal, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Curb your (appetite) enthusiasm
After a brisk 45-mintue walking session on the treadmill, 18 normal-weight and 17 obese women, who were recruited from Bringham Young University, US, had their neural activity measured when looking at 240 images of food or flowers.
A week later, the same experiment was conducted but this time without exercise.
They found treadmill time altered the brain’s response to food images.
“We wanted to see if obesity influenced food motivation, but it didn’t,” says Professor James LeCheminant. “However, it was clear that the exercise was playing a role in their neural responses to the pictures of food.”
Researchers found morning workouts increased total activity clocked for the day. Additionally, women who exercised didn’t feel the need to overcompensate with a second cream cheese bagel for the extra calories burned.
“This study provides evidence that exercise not only affects energy output, but it also may affect how people respond to food cues,” says LeCheminant.
Take home message? Readjust your alarm clock, dust off the joggers and get moving. Your appetite will thank you.