Crush Food Cravings With Exercise
Anna K. Fryxell
They say the best way to lose weight is with a combination of healthy food and regular exercise. But sometimes it's hard to avoid temptation when that delicious chocolate cake sitting in the kitchen starts calling—even screaming—your name. However, you might be able to resist that devilishly good treat by simply working out more.
Researchers at the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have found that exercise can suppress hunger, potentially because regular workouts actually trigger the hunger hormone ghrelin and satiety hormones PYY and GLP-1. Unfortunately, the exact reason is still not clear.
However, researchers did find that perceived fullness was higher among those that exercised regularly. Plus, a study from Brigham Young University showed that women weren’t as interested in eating after walking on a treadmill for 45 minutes compared to days when they didn’t.
This is good news for those trying get in shape, but for those who wonder why you don’t simply lose more weight when working out, study director Barry Braun says, “In most studies, there is a poor correspondence between appetite and actual food intake." That means that we’re still consuming too many calories, even when we aren’t hungry, thus preventing us from making significant progress.