Staving off junk food cravings with intense exercise such as running may be possible, U.S. study says

National Post | Life

Craving some chocolate, candy or other junk food? Get thee to a treadmill, and get moving. It may be enough to stave off the desire to eat poorly, a new study suggests.

According to researchers at the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in Scotland, which was published last week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one hour of running makes us less inclined to eat junk food.

To observe appetite responses in the brain, researchers used fMRI scans to examine the relationship between exercise and food choices. “The key aim of our research was to examine the brain’s responses to high and low calorie food following a period of acute exercise,” said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Crabtree.

“Our focus was on a region of the brain called the insula — commonly referred to as the ‘primary taste cortex.’ Activation in this region is increased in the anticipation of…

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