In a 2015 study in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers asked overweight adults either to walk briskly on the treadmill for 15 minutes or to sit quietly. Everyone then completed a stressful task and unwrapped sugary treats—two known craving triggers. Those who hoofed it had less of a desire to chow down compared to their sedentary peers, likely because exercise helps regulate food urges that aren't related to physical hunger, such as stress eating. Count it as another reason to move every day.
So next time a food craving hits—especially if it's stress related—take a stroll outside. When you come back, if you still really want a treat have a small one like one of our 100-calorie chocolate treats.