“Trust me, I’m a doctor.”

Michael Mosley

Every now and then, I watch an episode of “Trust me, I’m a doctor” which is presented by Dr Michael Mosley. In the program, he does all sorts of “scientific” experiments to see what works and what doesn’t, health-wise. I put scientific between quotation marks, because the experiments are too small scale, for one. I do believe that they do these experiments based on already available science, so it’s not completely made-up.

In the episode I watched earlier this week, they showed that exercising helps you to delay feeling hungry. Dieting, on the other hand, does not have that effect. So, this week I thought I’d do my own experiment.

Usually, when I go to the gym in the morning, I eat something light (like a nut bar) before. I really can’t work out on an empty stomach. Then, when I get back, pretty exhausted, I would eat my normal breakfast. Based on the experiment by Mosley, I decided to skip that step, or at least delay it. Lo and behold, it works.

Eating after I got back wasn’t prompted by being hungry, it was simply a choice. “I need to eat now, because I didn’t eat when I should have” (since I was at the gym at that time). In stead, I can easily go for a while longer without any feeling of hunger. Of course, the nut bar will have helped.

The only downside of this is that it wrecks my eating schedule. For instance, one day I got hungry at about 11am, which I feel is too late for a morning snack, but too early for lunch.

On the plus side, I don’t eat more calories than I need. That way, I don’t “undo” the benefits of exercising by eating when I don’t really have to. Thanks, Dr Mosley.