Exercise Decreases Your Desire To Eat, But You’ll Probably Eat More Anyway

Exercise Decreases Your Desire To Eat, But You’ll Probably Eat More Anyway

Adam Dachis Exercise burns calories, so you might assume it makes you feel hungrier. It turns out that’s not true. US News points to several studies showing that your desire to eat actually decreases after a workout. Picture: Nagy-Bagoly Arpad/Shutterstock Brigham Young University conducted a study to test how women responded to eating after exercise and without exercise. The California Polytechnic State University conducted a more comprehensive study, including men and women, engaging in a larger variety of physical activity. While both study sizes were fairly small, each clearly found the desire to eat decreased in participants (based on their responses and brain activity). We’re not actually desiring food after exercise, but we tend to eat more anyway. In fact, we’ll eat more if we even think about exercise. US News explains: Psychologists at the University of Leeds, in England, observed that compensatory eating post-exercise is common among “hedonic eaters”-people who eat for pleasure rather than to maintain energy balance, according to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. In the study, “compensators” showed signs of hedonic hunger. Not only did they eat more than “non-compensators” after a high-intensity workout, but they also rated the food more palatable and had more interest in high-fat, sweet foods. When you’re hungry, you should eat, but pay attention to how you actually feel rather than what you want. You may just think you’re hungry after exercise when, in reality, you’re not. Does Exercise Distort Your Perception of Hunger? [US News] Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLike this:Like...

Slow Down When Exercising To Burn More Fat

Misleading information can make exercise more complicated than it should be. Fitness tech company Digifit dispels common cardio workout myths and says that while you might burn more calories with a harder workout, a slower one will burn more fat. Picture: Steve Garner The best method for burning fat at a higher percentage is a steady, consistent workout in Zone 2 (60-69% max heart rate), the fat burning zone. This zone uniquely targets fat because fat is a slow burning fuel, so if you do a long and less-intense workout, your body will target a higher amount of fat cells then carbohydrates. While you may burn more net calories in higher heart rate zones, you will burn the highest per cent of fat calories in Zone 2. Pushing yourself too hard too often isn’t good for you anyway, so it’s a good idea to make those intense workouts the exception rather than the rule. For more heart training myth busting, check out the full post over on Digifit. Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLike this:Like...
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