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Diet secret revealed: reroute your commute to avoid fast food

08/12/2019 8:23 am ET

Diet secret revealed: reroute your commute to avoid fast food

How many fast-food establishments you pass on your way to and from work likely has a direct effect on how much you weigh, says a new study.

Adriana Dornelles, an economics professor at Arizona State who studied commutes, found that people who saw a lot of fast food options as they drove had, on average, a higher body-mass index.

Tantalizing food that’s easy and convenient is hard to say no to. Per a CDC 2018 report, over a third of U.S. adults eat fast food at least once a day.

Having easy access to junk food at home means you’re more likely to eat it, previous studies have reported. The same is true for when you’re on the road, says Dornelles.

The answer? Reroute your trip to work or take public transportation. Then you’re likely to be thinner.

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