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Exercise helps you choose healthier foods.

Exercise helps you choose healthier foods

 

" ... there is still quite a bit of evidence to suggest aerobic exercise like walking or swimming will still help you to control your appetite and make better food choices."

 

In our super food article this month we introduced our newest dietitian Kathryn. Well guess what? Kathryn is not only a Dietitian, she is also an Exercise Physiologist and this month she shares with us some new research on how exercise impacts our food choices.

 

New research has shown that as well as burning kilojoules, exercise could actually inspire  us to choose healthy foods over less healthy foods.

 

Researchers from the UK's University of Birmingham put 15 runners on a treadmill for one hour and then tested their brain responses to pictures of high-kilojoule and low-kilojoule foods. Not only did the researchers find that the participant's appetites were reduced after exercise. They found that after exercise, the runners responded more to pictures of low-kilojoule foods than to pictures of high-kilojoule foods.

 

"What this means" says Kathryn, "is you are much more likely to stop in at the fruit and vegetable shop after an exercise session than stopping in at the local takeaway outlet.

 

"While this research looked at quite high intensity exercise there is still quite a bit of evidence to suggest aerobic exercise like walking or swimming will still help you to control your appetite and make better food choices."

 

So next time you are thinking of ordering a pizza for dinner, put the phone down and get outside and get sweaty for 30 minutes or more. Chances are you won't feel like the pizza when you are done.