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Monday, November 17, 2008

Brisk Walk Can Curb Chocolate Cravings

Tell me one thing, who among you guys don't like chocolates? Eating chocolates is one of my weaknesses, no wonder I have put on 10 kgs since November last year! Huh? Seriously, YES... I couldn't truly resist chocolates, uumm yummy... Not unless if I don't see it, I less likely to eat. They are very fattening right? It has a special allure for many of us, bordering on the addictive. But a new study shows that taking a brisk walk can cut down the urge to eat chocolate -- and may help curb cravings that can derail weight loss efforts. When it comes to cravings, chocolate is the most common and "intensely" craved food, according to background information presented with the study findings.

Brisk walk is hustling, striding is another way to say brisk walking. For example, the way you walk if being late to catch up the bus or late for the meeting in the office. Taking a brisk walk also eased blood pressure readings for participants after the mental-challenge test and handling the unwrapped chocolate. Being sedentary did not appear to lessen cravings.

Facts About Food Cravings

In their study, the researchers also provided this background information about food cravings:

  • Up to 97% of women and 68% of men experience food cravings.
  • Cravings are usually for dense, calorie-packed foods.
  • Food cravings often come before a bout of unhealthy eating.
Apparently, this activity will melt away the pounds, tone our flabby bits and leave us on an emotional high. It is free, enjoyable and already a part of everyday life. All we need to do is correct your technique, walk faster and for longer and you will lose weight.

I will definitely start brisk walking, but not doing it while eating chocolates at the same time...:)
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