Intense Exercise and Appetite Reduction

At 1513 Anti-Aging & Weight Loss®, we don’t just want you to lose weight, we want you to improve your lifestyle. That is why we are proud to offer several diet options for men and women to help get your weight and your life back under control. In this recent article from the New York Times, scientists discuss a recent study showing that intense exercise coupled with a healthy diet is more important than ever for helping you reach your weight loss and fitness goals.

Everyone knows that exercise can help you burn calories and lose fat. However, this study published in the June issue of The International Journal of Obesity suggests that intense exercise can actually curb your appetite. Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Perth set out to determine the effects of easy versus exhausting exercise on appetite and the desire to eat. Their conclusions are compelling for anyone concerned with the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise.

To test their hypothesis, researchers recruited 17 overweight but otherwise healthy men in their 20s and 30s and had them do a series of intervals on an exercise bicycle. The first day consisted of no exercise, and each subsequent day featured workouts of increasing intensity. For the purposes of this study, “intense exercise” is defined as intervals of work that measure to between 100 and 170 percent of participants’ endurance capacity. Following the workouts, participants were offered a meal of sweetened porridge to test how hungry they were following their exercise sessions.

Researchers found that the more intensely participants exercised, the less inclined they were to eat. Not only that, but this reduced appetite lasted over the following day, according to the food diaries that participants kept throughout the study.

Researchers are quick to caution that this study only addresses short-term appetite reduction from intense exercise. Even still, they believe that the information gleamed from this study is a sign that intense exercise benefits the body in more ways than previously thought.

At 1513, we want to help you lose weight and get in shape the healthy way. A part of that equation is getting great exercise in addition to eating a healthy diet. So call us today at 706-801-4132 for a free consultation on how we can help you lose weight, get in shape, and live a healthier life.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23835594