Status:Closed Asked:Dec 08, 2012 - 06:08 PM
Does exercise increase your appetite?
While it may seem logical to think that the more calories we expend through exercise the more our bodies will want to increase the amount of calories we consume through food following exercise, research has shown that exercise has little to no effect on levels of hunger or daily caloric intake. In fact, some studies have shown that exercising at a vigorous intensity can actually help to suppress hunger immediately after exercise due to the affect that exercise has on the hormones that regulate appetite. As mentioned, these effects are noted in the short-term, particularly during and after exercise.
Long-term, energy intake has been shown to increase slightly with increased physical activity, however the additional calories consumed are typically less than the number of calories burned through exercise, therefore the result is still a negative energy balance which is needed in order to lose weight and decrease body fat.
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