Regular exercise could automatically lead to a healthier diet, according to a new study exploring the link between the two.
Harvard University researchers say data from certain epidemiological studies suggest tendencies towards a good diet and the right amount of physical activity often come hand in hand.
Miguel Alonso Alonso and his team claim that as well as bringing about an increased sensitivity to feelings of fullness, exercise also changes the structure of the brain to help people resist temptations.
It is thought regular physical activity improves the brain’s executive functions, such as inhibitory control, and the amount of grey matter.
Various recent studies have suggested that inhibitory control could be the key to achieving and sustaining weight loss.
Alonso Alonso – who has published a bibliographical compilation on the subject to SINC, said: “In time, exercise produces a potentiating effect of executive functions including the ability for inhibitory control, which can help us to resist the many temptations that we are faced with everyday in a society where food, especially hyper-caloric food, is more and more omnipresent.”
Authors of the study are now highlighting the importance of social policy in the encouragement and facilitation of sport and physical exercise among the general population.