Exercise Reduces the Dangers of Overeating
Keep exercising. The holidays are approaching: feasts, parties, weeks of overindulging...but, according to a new study, exercise can protect the body from the harmful effects of brief periods of binge eating.
Researchers from the University of Michigan performed a pilot study involving four healthy, lean, active adults between the ages of 21 and 26. For one week, the participants consumed 30 percent more calories than usual. They continued their normal exercise pattern, which included at least 2 1/2 hours of aerobic activity over a 6-day span.
Before and then again after the study period, researchers measured oral glucose tolerance levels, abdominal fat levels, and inflammation markers in blood samples. In people who do not exercise, these levels would be expected to rise after a week of overeating. However, the participants in this study showed no signs of inflammation and no changes in glucose tolerance or fat breakdown.
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