INDIANAPOLIS, June 22 (UPI) — Not only should people avoid food shopping when hungry, they should also avoid it after a heavy workout or an intense day, U.S. researchers found.
Alexander Fedorikhin of Indiana University and Vanessa M. Patrick of the University of Houston said they found in three studies arousal interfered with the effects of positive mood to influence resistance to tempting food.
“While happy people make better and healthier choices, this is dependent on the intensity of the positive feelings experienced,” the study authors said in a statement. “In other words, the level of arousal accompanying the positive mood state can interfere with the beneficial effect of positive mood on resistance to temptation.”
In one study, the authors asked study participants to watch a positive but calm movie clip while another set of participants watched a positive but arousing movie clip. Study participants were asked to choose between a cup of grapes and a cup of M&Ms. Those who watched the arousing movie clip were more likely to choose M&Ms than those who watched the calm clip.
In another study, participants who watched the calm movie and performed a light exercise on a step stool were more likely to choose M&Ms than those who were sedentary.
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