Mind Tip Afraid that working out will make you ravenous for the rest of the day? Research shows vigorous exercise actually blunts our desire for food.
Think exercise is going to sabotage your weight loss efforts by stoking your appetite? A small study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that, contrary to popular belief, working out did not, in fact, work up an appetite. Researchers found that when people exercised vigorously for 45 minutes in the morning, they were less tempted by food than on the days they didn’t exercise. The study also found that volunteers ate the same amount of calories each day, regardless of whether they had worked out or not. Because weight loss occurs when we burn more calories than we consume, watching portion sizes and exercising regularly can help us reach and maintain a healthy weight. And, remember, even though we’d all like to see quick results, losing weight is not a race; the goal is sustained – not rapid – weight loss.
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