The poet and playwright William Congreve maintained that “ music has charms to soothe the savage beast” but can it reduce the dieter’s appetite?
The science says- YES.
According to Dr Edward Podolsky fast music increases metabolism and muscular energy, accelerates heartbeat and elevates blood pressure. A slow beat does the exact opposite. In his opinion the right music gives the human body a valuable workout.
A John Hopkins study found music has the ability to influence the speed with which we eat. Slow music is not only restful but it also slows down the pace at which we eat. The relevance for dieters is that people who eat slowly actually digest their food more effectively and often eat less.
In a 2005 US study involving 40 overweight to moderately obese women over a 24 week programme half the group listened to music whilst they walked and the other half had no music. At the end of the study the results showed that the music walkers did a better job of maintaining their walking program. The really impressive finding was that those women who listened to music lost an average of 16 pounds and 4% of their body fat, whilst the women who had not listened to music during the study lost an average of only 8 pounds and 2% of their body fat.
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Multiple studies have proved that music plays an important role in any weight loss program.