The results of the second research session confirmed Natalya’s theory.
“We are very excited about this research,” Natalya says. “Our findings show that the way you exercise can affect the likelihood of consuming tasty but unhealthy foods and drinks in the hours that follow. This can help to maximize the benefits of exercise, so that if people do go to the effort of exercising, they can achieve the full benefits to their health and wellbeing.”
So, what’s the next step for this fast-paced research?
To take this research to the next level, James, Natalya and their team are investigating how different conditions influence people’s food consumption, food choices, and body composition after 12 weeks of training. “We’ve all heard that small changes can make a big difference,” Natalya says. “So, if people do or don’t indulge two or three times a week, it could add up to significant health in the long term — and it is these long-term effects that we are currently investigating.”
In applying the findings of this research, it is important not to forget the important role of the conditions of an exercise. “To me, this project is interesting because it demonstrates that social climate can change a person’s eating choices,” James says.
If you have a weight-loss goal, try combining sprint interval exercise with a positive social environment. Whether it’s finding a trainer who supports you, exercising with a friend, or joining a fitness group, make the most out of your workout so that you can make healthy nutrition choices, achieve your goals, and enjoy the process.