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Only a Short Bout of Daily Exercise Helps to Undo Christmas Overeating

It’s no secret that Christmas indulging and inactivity lead to negative health effects. Now, researchers have found that a short, daily bout of exercise will help you to avoid the bad, even if you consume many more calories than you burn off.

Previous studies have found that as little as a few days of eating to excess and exercising too little can have long-term effects on the body.

Researchers at the University of Bath, in the UK, studied 26 healthy young men. The men were asked to reduce physical activity for one week. Then, half the men were instructed to exerise daily on a treadmill for 45 minutes, while the other half of the men remained inactive. All the while, the men were told to overeat.

According to the study released December 15, 2013, non-exercisers increased their calorie intake by 50 percent; the exercisers by a 75 percent (to ensure they took in more than they burned).

Researchers measured insulin and biopsied fat tissue to report that the non-exercising group experienced an unhealthy plummet in blood sugar control. Despite indulging, the exercisers had stable blood sugar levels. Biopsies of the non-exercisers also revealed an activation of genes within fat cells which negatively impacted what’s needed for a well-functioning metabolism.

“If you are facing a period of over-consumption and inactivity this Christmas, then our study shows that a daily bout of exercise will prevent many of the negative changes in the way in which your body handles sugar, even if you do still gain weight,” says study author Dr. Dylan Thompson.

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