The Link Between Exercise and Appetite

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Exercise is the easiest way to lose weight, but some people worry when they first start working out. If you recently changed your workout routine, you might notice that you eat a little more than you did before. While some people worry about eating too much after a workout, experts believe that this is actually helpful. Take a look at the link between exercise and eating to learn more.

Burning Calories and Energy

Every time that you head to the gym, grab your weights to workout at home or just take a short walk around the block, you burn calories. The more calories that you burn, the more weight you lose. The problem is that you need to take in less calories than you burn. If you only burn 1,000 calories a day and you eat 2,500 calories, those excess calories can lead to weight gain. Your body process the food that you eat and turns that food into energy. Eating healthy foods can provide enough energy to get you through even the hardest of days.

Decreased Appetite

A recent study found that women who workout regularly actually eat less than those who don’t workout. The study sent participants through an intensive workout and then showed them images of different foods. A large number of participants claimed that they didn’t feel hungry after working out. A similar study gave exercisers the chance to eat a large meal after working out in the gym. While a small number of people indulged in the food, a larger portion turned down the heavy foods in favor of lighter snacks or no snacks at all.

What Does This Mean?

The simple truth is that all people are different. Some people feel the need to eat immediately after exercising, while others went several hours before craving a meal or snack. The way that you feel typically depends on your metabolism. If you have a higher metabolism, your body will produce more energy and burn calories faster than if you had a slower metabolism. You’ll likely feel the need to eat right after working out or a short period after you finish exercising. Regular exercise can also boost your metabolism and make your body burn calories while you’re relaxing at home, sitting on the couch or reading a book. If you can’t wait to finish a workout so you can grab a bite to eat, introducing more intensive forms of exercise can change your metabolism and make you eat less.

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