It's one of the biggest debates of all time - does exercise cause us to get hungry and thus eat more?

Well, looking at the benefits of exercise - chief of them all burning calories, it does make sense. After an intense workout, you perspire like hell and your body would have used up much of the existing fuel. Your blood sugar may also be low.

But despite all our self-reasoning and justification to address our post-gym cravings, the answer is NO. In a recent study by the University of Chile, p
eople who exercised three times a week for 90 days had twice the levels of an appetite-suppressing protein in their blood than non-exercisers and consumed 300 fewer calories a day.

This finding is significant and interesting because now we know that moderate exercise in fact helps us to suppress appetite, while increasing metabolic rates for up to 15 hours post-exercise. I read up a little bit more and learnt that about this gland in our brain called hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus is responsible for secreting a hormone, which inhibits hunger. When we exercise, we stimulate the hypothalamus gland to produce more of this hormone. However, the hypothalamus gland would only produce this beneficial effect should we engage in 60 minutes of exercise, three to five times per week.

From human psychology, it's not difficult to understand that people tend to eat after a workout either because they think they deserve it as a reward for a job well done or because they believe they have to refuel. Some even make it a must because they claim they will feel faint.

My advice is for you to just stick to your protein shake after your workout. Don't come up with an excuse to make a beeline for the snack bar after your workout.

Happy exercising :)

Is it possible for us to stop indulging in desserts or snacks when we are on an exercise programme? Well, my answer is that it is insane to deprive yourself of food, especially in a food paradise like Singapore.

However, what you can still do is be on the lookout for healthy desserts or healthy snacks. Yes, they do exist...if you know where to find them :)

I reckon there must be some egg tart fans out there? If you are one of them, then you are in luck! As we all know, an egg tart is delicious but may not be the healthiest snack out there as most tart recipes include butter, eggs and sugar.

Fret not...Introducing a healthier version without compromising the taste. The bean curd tart!

Being a huge soya bean fan and perhaps the most faithful one as well, it's a double treat. In fact, I prefer soya bean milk over fresh milk. And for all readers out there who are lactose intolerant, do consider soya bean milk as well.

So when I came across this shop tucked away in a quiet corner of the Selegie area, my curiosity was piqued. Out came me with a box of bean curd tarts. I was lucky as I was told that I would normally have to call to pre-order. That box which I bought was a last-minute cancelled order from a customer.


When I sank my teeth into the beancurd tart, I could immediately taste the silky smooth soya bean filling.  Indeed, from what I understand, soya beans and almonds were first grinded and then cooked with water and pandan leaves for the fragrance. In fact, it was oozing with so much freshness that it reminded me of a soya bean drink. I love the taste. Add to the fact that it was fresh out of the fridge which meant the crust was hard.

I simply love the taste :)

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