Exercisers Frequently Reward Themselves with Food
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Why do dieters start exercise programs and gain weight? It may be because they give themselves permission to eat afterwards.
A new ETH Zurich and Cornell University study analyzed exercisers' eating behavior. While some rewarded themselves for a good workout with chocolate or pastries, others overate believing they were “building their strength,” said Simone Dohle of the Department of Health Science and Technology, ETH Zurich.
These findings – published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health – add additional credibility to recent discoveries that exercisers can eat as much as 44% more dessert afterwards and 32% fewer vegetables!
"If you want to avoid being an overeating exerciser," said co-author Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life and Professor and Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, “do whatever you can to make your workout fun. Play music, watch a video, or simply be grateful that you’re working out instead of working in the office.” “Anything that brings a smile is likely to get you to eat less,” he added.
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Simone Dohle, Brian Wansink, and Lorena Zehnder (2015). Exercise and Food Compensation: Exploring Diet-related Beliefs and Behaviors of Regular Exercisers. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2013-0383
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