In my earlier post about New Year’s resolutions I described The “5-minute trick” I use to keep my craving for sugar under control. I have found that if I can delay my urge to have “just one more” for 5 minutes, and if during that five minutes I concentrate on something else besides that blessed temptation shouting out at me, the chances are greatly increased that the craving will greatly diminish or even disappear.
Since then, I was reading an research article about exercise as an aid to dieting, which reportedly found that one of the most effective techniques for dealing with food cravings is to engage in ten minutes or so of aerobics. But another piece of research found that engaging in as little as 3 sessions of 45 second intense aerobic exercise at 3 minute intervals has an even greater effect for some individuals. The theory is that it works because aerobic exercise stimulates that part of the brain where rational thought predominates, and so reduces the influence of the part of the brain that is responsible for irrational and often destructive cravings. Short bouts of intense exercise can also, for some people, actually increase overall energy.
So I’m going to try it. It might be another one of those crazy ideas like cabbage-soup diets or those other fads that eventually return to the oblivion which they deserve.
But I can’t see that I have anything to lose. And those five minutes with a couple of aerobic bouts might work. In which case, it’s a 2-for-1 gain: less sugar, more energy, better brain. At least I might be able to tell myself it’s making a difference…
I’ll report back in the spring with my assessment.