Want to avoid a weight-loss plateau?
Focus on how much fun your workouts are.
French researchers studied women who were told they were walking to test a new mp3 player. They found the women chose healthier and less food at the end of their walk. Researchers got similar results when telling women they were just sightseeing at a college campus. Overcompensating for intense workouts with extra food is a known phenomenon.
The research suggests various ways to make exercise fun. Among them are making exercise a game and transforming workouts into social events.