Diet Detective’s News You Should Use: Working Up an Appetite

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Diet Detective’s News You Should Use: Working Up an Appetite

Does Encourage You To Eat More? Are You Working Up an Appetite?

Not necessarily. Research from Brigham Young University reported in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that performing 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning actually reduced a person’s motivation for food. The researchers also found that the 45-minute exercise bout resulted in an increase in total physical that day.



Better Than TV? Should You Let Your Kids Play?

A very small study reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine demonstrated that “active video gaming” (key word “active” ­ including games that involved dancing or boxing) “increased heart rate, oxygen uptake and energy expenditure.” In another study completed at the University of Montreal, the researchers looked at “exergames,” including Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Sports, and found that teenagers who participated in these games could achieve all the recommended activity levels. So if your kids insist on playing video games, try to encourage them to use Nitendo’s Wii ( or Dance Dance Revolution  (

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