Brisk walk could curb chocolate cravings

November 20, 2008 9:34:38 AM PST
Chocoholics looking to curb their urges may be able to do so by simply taking a brisk 15-minute walk. Researchers in the United Kingdom enlisted 20 women and five men who experienced intense chocolate cravings and eat at least two chocolate bars a day.

The participants abstained from caffeine products and exercise for two hours prior to testing.

In one case they then took 15 minute brisk walks. In another case they sat quietly for 15 minutes.

After each scenario, participants completed a mentally arousing task and were allowed to hold but not eat a chocolate bar.

The results showed that sitting still did nothing to reduce chocolate cravings but a 15 minute walk reduced urges to eat chocolate.

The study is in the journal Appetite.