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Heavy thinking burns calories — go ahead, give your brain that bag of chips

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It’s 4:45 p.m. at the office and you’re feeling mentally drained. You can barely get yourself to open — let alone answer — one more email. You open your file drawer which contains zero files, but does contain multiple snacks. Ah, yes: Chips!

There’s a scientific explanation for this late-afternoon work-snack phenomenon. Research shows that the brain burns calories with heavy thinking. Demanding mental work, even done sitting stationary at a desk, requires physical energy, and eventually the brain wants you to replenish it. …

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