It is generally believed that our thoughts and emotions effect our behaviours, and this is found to be true with our relationship between exercise attitude and post-exercise eating behaviour.
Research published recently in Marketing Letters showed that if participants thought of exercise as “fun” or a “well-deserved break,” versus a “workout,” it significantly changed the way they approached post-activity food consumption. Those with fun top of mind ate less than those who viewed exercise as a workout.
If the firsts study, participants walked 2km outdoors and were told that they were either taking an ‘exercise walk’ or a ‘scenic walk’. Those who were ‘exercising’ ate 35% more pudding that those who believed they had been on a scenic walk. In another example, adults were given a mid-afternoon snack after their walk. Those thinking that they had taken an exercise walk ate over twice as many M&Ms (124% more, or 206 more calories’ worth) compared with those who had been told they were on a scenic walk. Together, these studies show that some exercisers have a tendency to ‘reward’ themselves by overeating after a workout, which may be one possible mechanism as to why people in exercise programs often find themselves gaining weight.
Overall in order to avoid this, it is advised to make your workout fun by playing music, watching a video or simply being grateful of your movement opportunities that take you out of the house or office. As stated by Brian Wansink, PhD, “Anything that brings a smile is likely to get you to eat less.” For more information follow the link: