Exercise does not make you hungrier

The belief that physical activity whets our appetites and pushes us to eat more is wrong, according to a recent study

Diet plus exercise is the perfect formula

Research published in the journal Nutrients evaluated the effect of different types of exercise on the diet, motivation, and body composition of 162 overweight and obese individuals. Participants, aged 18-50, were randomly assigned to one of four intervention groups for 24 weeks: strength training, resistance training, strength-plus-resistance training, or physical activity patterns. Each of these types of exercise was combined with a prescribed low-calorie diet and dietary recommendations.

Diet + Exercise = Perfect formula

The results show positive changes in all groups after the intervention, without distinction between them. That is, in all cases, weight and body fat were reduced, body mass index (BMI) decreased, and lean mass increased. In all groups the consumption of calories, already prescribed in the diet, was reduced, which concludes that when there are nutritional recommendations given and the practice of physical exercise is initiated, the energy intake is not increased in a compensatory way.

There are studies that indicate that exercise suppresses hormones that increase hunger

Therefore, the belief that exercise generates more hunger and appetite and can lead to greater energy consumption is erroneous, since on the contrary, it can promote positive changes in body composition, increase motivation and adherence to the diet, and there are even studies that indicate that it suppresses hormones that increase hunger.

Alejandro Peña

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