If your new year fitness goals include burning off junk food at the gym, that plan is not only unlikely to work, but may actually be counterproductive. You can’t pit your muscles against your digestive system and hope to win. For one thing, your brain referees this cage match in ways you might not expect.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Cassandra Lowe of Western University explains the neuroscience behind exercise, diet and weight loss. The good news is that exercise can absolutely help you lose weight and keep it off. Exercise can help regulate diet and gain control over junk food and stress eating, and it can be as simple as a brisk 20-minute walk. But you can’t outrun your fork.

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Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

You can’t exercise away a poor diet. (Shutterstock)

You can’t outrun your fork. But that doesn’t mean exercise can’t help you lose weight or change your diet.

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Exercise can’t make up for a poor diet, but it can help change eating habits. Regular exercise improves the brain and cognitive processes that help regulate junk food consumption and reduces stress.

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