Could the solution to post-study session cravings be a 15-minute jaunt on the treadmill? According to recent research in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, short but strenuous workouts may curb the hunger pangs that tend to follow challenging cognitive tasks.
For anyone who’s ever ordered Domino’s after poring over a spreadsheet or wrapping up a complex report, the brain-fried binge is all too familiar. “Mental work utilizes the brain’s energy resources, and the brain then signals that it needs additional energy,” researcher William Neumeier, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), explained in an email to Health. “If food is available, the brain will use it to replenish energy. This could lead to overeating.”