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Walking Fights Unhealthy Food Cravings

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If you're passionate about sweets and all of your efforts to rid your diet of them or to even reduce the amount you eat have proven unsuccessful, try going for a walk. Walking for 15 min. may turn out to be very healthy for those who are overweight and cannot resist high calorie sweets, writes Reuters.

The results are from researchers from Austria - from the University of Innsbruck. For their study, the scientists analyzed 47 overweight people, their average age being 28.

The volunteers were tasked with jogging on a treadmill for 15 min, the scientists adding that the rate did not leave participants breathless but was fast enough to allow them to catch a bus if running after it. Those 15 min. had an effect on the volunteers' desire to eat sweet foods, claim scientists.

This behavior was compared to that of another group of volunteers - they experienced no physical strain during the study. The scientists became hopeful thanks to the results and believe that walking can be used as a strategy against that sudden uncontrollable appetite and all those unhealthy temptations.

Sweets are not the only things that can be limited using this method but also all kinds of high calorie foods that we reach for whenever we feel hungry, scientists are convinced.


These short walks act as cognitive stimulation and take people's attention away from intrusive thoughts about food, add experts. People can take a walk whenever they feel like eating something, thereby not stuffing themselves with harmful foods, advise psychologists familiar with the study.

The World Health Organization alarms that nearly 2 billion people around the world suffer from obesity or are overweight, with this increasing their risk of many diseases.

Among these are cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and others. Scientists warn also that people who are overweight have a higher risk of premature death than others.



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