Exercise Reduces Appetite

Researchers from UMASS have found that 60 minutes of exercise on a cycle ergometer reduced the neuronal responses in the part of your brain consistent with:

  1. Reduced pleasure of food,
  2. Reduced incentive motivation to eat, and
  3. Reduced anticipation and consumption of food.

In essence, exercise prevents your brain from telling you to eat.

So, how come I know a ton of people who exercise 5 days a week and still can’t manage to drop their extra body-fat?

Because scientific research ≠ real life.

  • Scientific research has to be precise.
  • Real life is anything but precise. It involves emotions and peer pressure and hormones and tv commercial for stuffed crust pizza and a whole bunch of other stuff designed to make you eat and eat and eat.

So, what can we take from this study?

If you’re feeling hungry and you want to squash that hunger, get up off your butt and go for a brisk 20 minute walk. Odds are, you’ll get those neurons working in your favor and your hunger will fade away.

And even if it doesn’t, the exercise will do your body good anyway.


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  1. Your body regulates energy intake not on a daily basis or in response to any given expenditure but rather it regulates energy over the course of a few days if not weeks. The fact that exercise reduces appetite in the short term is irrelevant as a diet strategy it is at best serving as a delay for hunger which will return. The bottom line: physical activity provides many benefits to health and well being, too numerous to mention but alone it is a very poor if not completely ineffective weight control measure.

  2. @Steven

    Your body regulates your metabolism on a second by second basis – it’s need for ATP is neverending – How it generates that energy is always in flux and employs numerous mechanisms – in your brain, your endocrine system, GI, etc…

    In terms of a weight loss strategy, I agree with your conclusion of exercise being an ineffective weight control measure by itself.

    If this study is correct and exercise reduces appetite, I believe that it only for a short period of time…and then it reverses itself and hunger increases

    But that doesn’t discount the validity of this study nor negate the benefits exercise has to strengthen diet willpower

  3. I don’t agree with that. The more I work out, the hungrier and more ravenous for food I become and I am not alone with this response. Research has proven that also.

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