Quick Walk Beats Treat Urges

Quick Walk Beats Treat Urges If your workplace is like most, trays of holiday themed snacks are going to start piling up in the break room, cafeteria and on the conference room table the closer we get to the 25th. This abundant availability can lead to mindless nibbling that will no doubt pack unwanted pounds around your waistline. A study published in the journal Appetite suggests taking a brisk 15 minute walk can cut snacking calories in half.

Researchers recruited 78 habitual chocolate eaters and placed them in a mock office. Half were given simple tasks while the rest had to perform complex assignments meant to simulate workplace stress. A tray of tempting chocolates was always within reach of all subjects. Although the difficulty of the assignment did not affect snacking habits, subjects who took a brisk 15-minute walk on a treadmill consumed about half as much chocolate: 15 grams compared to 28 grams.

True Strength Moment: 15 grams of chocolate is about the size of a small bar. That represents about 80 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. Five days of munching on those over the course of several weeks can do a lot of damage. Stick with the platters of fruit and nuts, and keep track of everything you eat. Splurging only a little will make January dieting easier to manage.
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