One of the joys of running is being able to eat almost what you want; it’s what makes running such a great activity for those who don’t want to worry about looking after their body shape or weight.
But it’s not true for everyone. There are still plenty of people who run — and run quite a lot — yet still battle with weight control. Whilst running is great for tipping that all-important energy balance away from the excess calories that cause and maintain excess body weight, it only works if you don’t over-indulge afterwards.
For many, the little rewards after those runs come in the form of chocolate — we all know it makes us feel good. However, recent research carried out at University of Michigan has shown that consuming chocolate can effect chemicals in the brain that increase motivation to eat — more chocolate. The effect was so pronounced during tests on rats that the animals didn’t stop eating until the food was taken from them.
So, next time you reach for the chocolate bar, it might be best to ensure there’s not more lurking in the cupboard otherwise you might feel the urge to eat the lot!