A new study from Harvard University has suggested that for increased weight loss results we should start an exercise regime before we diet. Apparently, the science bods have found that there is a neurocognitive link between physical activity and eating habits.
The study by Spanish and US researchers was published in Obesity Reviews, with Mr Alonso Alonso (I kid you not), quoted saying 'physical exercise seems to encourage a healthy diet.' Apparently the part of our brain that resists over-eating is pretty weak to start with and comes under a lot of pressure from constant reminders of food, but according to the study exercise actually strengthens that part of our brain making us able to resist over-eating more easily. 'Increased physical activity may help compensate and suppress the hedonic drive to over-eat," they write. It also helps us to realise when we are full.
I don't know about you, but when I exercise not only do I feel less hungry afterwards, but I also don't want to go crazy with my food because I don't want to ruin the benefits of that hour slog in the gym.
Mr Alonso Alonso and the team concluded that exercise can 'help us to resist the many temptations that we are faced with everyday in a society where food, especially hypercaloric food, is more and more omnipresent.'