Nowadays we’re all super busy—the “go” switch is always on! Whether we’re running to work or trying to get to the gym for a sweat session, it seems like there is never a break.
And with all that hustle and bustle we turn to grab-and-go foods when we’re in a hurry. From granola bars to drive-through meals, eating on the go has become a way of life. But before you grab another snack bar, recent research might make you think twice. This research, conducted by the University of Surrey, found that eating while walking prompts us to consume more food later in the day, which can eventually lead to weight gain and obesity.
What is it about eating on-the-go that makes people eat more? One expert thinks that since walking is a powerful form of distraction, it can disrupt our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger. Some people make even think that since walking is technically considered exercise, it may justify overeating later on as a reward.
So next time you’re about to grab your food and run—take a few minutes at least to sit down and enjoy.