The Other I

January 2, 2014

My 5-minute trick supplement

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 4:54 pm

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.






  1. I am wary of the short-sharp bursts of exercise. The BBC presenter Andrew Marr had a terrible stroke after a vigorous burst on a rowing machine. I think the body likes to have a warm up rather than a shock. I believe in a fifteen minute strategy – when you are eating apparently it takes about 15 minutes for you to feel full, so after you’ve eaten, don’t wire straight into the biscuits – wait a while.
    All the best with your search for a strategy!


    Comment by sanstorm — January 2, 2014 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

    • Did Andrew Marr’s vigorous burst on the rowing machine preceding his life-threatening stroke not take place after a reasonable warm-up?

      From the research I’ve read in the last ten years or so, short bursts of vigorous aerobic exercise (using age-adjusted definitions of “vigorous”) generally give more protection from stroke and heart attack than longer runs of moderate exercise.

      In any case, I doubt my 45-second bursts of aerobics are likely to bring on a stroke. It is barely enough to get my heart rate up to the level suggested for my age group– which admittedly is only 150, while a moderate rate is listed as between 90 – 120. I know there is no absolute guarantee


      Comment by Terry Sissons — January 3, 2014 @ 11:10 am | Reply

      • I’m not sure – I think the trouble was that he had underlying risks/history of stroke and hadn’t realised.
        During his first interview after the stroke he seemed to blame poor fitness advice from the media.


        Comment by sanstorm — January 3, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

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