Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Chocolate Addiction Treatment: Exercise, Baby!

“Our ongoing work consistently shows that brief bouts of physical activity reduce cigarette cravings, but this is the first study to link exercise to reduced chocolate cravings,” wrote Dr. Adrian Taylor, lead author.

“Neuroscientists have suggested common processes in the reward centers of the brain between drug and food addictions, and it may be that exercise effects brain chemicals that help to regulate mood and cravings,” Dr. Taylor said. “This could be good news for people who struggle to manage their cravings for sugary snacks and want to lose weight.”

“Chocolate has a number of biologically active constituents that temporarily enhance our mood with a result that eating it can become a habit, particularly when we are under stress and when it is readily available, and perhaps when we are least active,” he said.