Exercise Choice For Healthier Eating
If you’re told what to do in the gym, you’ll tend to make poor food choices afterward compared to people who are free to choose what exercises they want to do. That’s the finding of a study of 58 men and women published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
After a workout familiarization session, researchers assigned one group to a series of exercises they had to perform. Other subjects were left to choose how they wanted to train. Although a similar amount of calories were burned, subjects in the no choice condition consumed an average of 1,412 calories after exercising compared to the 790 calories consumed by subjects who designed their own training session. Ratings of appetite were similar between groups.