The Checkup: Why Hearing This While You Eat Could Mean Good Things for Your Waistline

And more healthy reads for your Wednesday.

• There is nothing worse than sitting on the train into work and listening to a stranger chew every last bite of their on-the-go breakfast. That said, hearing yourself chew might be a good thing — at least for your waistline. A new study found that people who could hear themselves chew while eating ended up eating less than those who listened to loud music while eating. So next time you have a sad desk lunch, try doing so sans your usual lunchtime podcast. [TIME]

Tracy Anderson, fitness trainer to the stars, has a lot of strong (natch), surprising opinions about working out. To list two, she’s not into kettlebells or rest days. [Well + Good]

• You know when you think you’re making a hilarious joke in a work meeting and no one — not a single person — laughs (not even a sympathy chuckle!), and your face turns bright red? Well, here’s why you can’t stop that whole embarrassed blushing thing. [Greatist]

• Turns out those killer workout playlists you spend hours putting together really are having a positive effect on your sweat sessions, according to science. [Women’s Running]

• Plaintains and zucchini: the keys to a creamy vegan pasta sauce that actually tastes good? Maybe. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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