New Year Resolution
Posted by Dobri Kiprov, MD
Happy New Year! I hope your New Year Resolution includes taking care of your health. Your health is your most important asset. Think about it. If you are sick, you cannot have fun, you cannot have sex and overall you feel miserable. Following the Lifestyle In Motion program is not only your great guide to healthy living but also an enjoyable experience. Think MOTION in your resolution! I encourage you to try SUP (Stand Up Paddlesurfing) this year. It is not as difficult as it looks and each time you step on the board, you will be exercising every muscle in your body. Check out the video of a lady beginner and her coach. VIDEO New scientific evidence shows that exercise helps control your appetite.
While a healthy diet and the right amount of exercise are considered to be key players in treating and preventing obesity, Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA) researchers reveal that an increase in physical activity is linked to an improvement in diet quality. Miguel Alonso Alonso and colleagues analyzed data from epidemiological studies, finding that tendencies towards a healthy diet and the right amount of physical exercise often come hand in hand. Furthermore, an increase in physical activity is usually linked to a parallel improvement in diet quality. Exercise also brings benefits such as an increase in sensitivity to physiological signs of fullness. This not only means that appetite can be controlled better but it also modifies hedonic responses to food stimuli. Therefore, benefits can be classified as those that occur in the short term (of metabolic predominance) and those that are seen in the long term (of behavioral predominance). Commenting that: “By enhancing the resources that facilitate ‘top-down’ inhibitory control, increased physical activity may help compensate and suppress the hedonic drive to over-eat,” the study authors submit that: “Understanding how physical activity and eating behaviours interact on a neurocognitive level may help to maintain a healthy lifestyle in an obesogenic environment.”
R. J. Joseph, M. Alonso-Alonso, D. S. Bond, A. Pascual-Leone, G. L. Blackburn. “The neurocognitive connection between physical activity and eating behavior.” Obesity Reviews, Volume 12, Issue 10, October 2011, Pages: 800–812.