That's because the so-called "exercise high" that you feel post-work out makes junk food less appealing, according to scientists from Leeds University in England. Researchers looked at 180 adults and their activity levels versus eating habits, reports the New York Post. Those who moved more than three hours a day wanted healthy food and were less interested in not-so-nutritious options.
"Engaging in lots of physical activity may act as a 'buffer' against a preference for high-fat foods."
On the other side of things, the people who were active for less than 80 minutes per day were less able to control their sugar and junk-food cravings.
“The take-home message is that engaging in lots of physical activity may act as a ‘buffer’ against a preference for high-fat foods," says Graham Finlayson, the lead researcher. Yet another reason to lace-up your bubble-soled sneakers and hit the gym (you know, besides that endorphin kick and libido boost).
In addition to working out, you can also follow Zac Efron's secret to cutting out sugar cravings—for good. And this is how Karlie Kloss avoids the sweet stuff.
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