Curb Your Midday Appetite with Exercise


Man and Two Women Walking at Lunch

Research about exercise and appetite can be conflicting. This expert says exercise makes you hungrier, while that expert says exercise damps the appetite. It may be that both are true, which is key to your weight loss program. You may find it's particularly effective to get in some exercise on your lunch hour first thing, and then have some real food for lunch. Here's some specific information about exercise and appetite from the Metabolic Research Center.

Intensity Counts

An intense workout can actually suppress appetite, according to an article in Today. The benefit also lasts longer if the workout is intense. Intense exercise (the kind that occurs when you don't have enough breath to chat with a walking partner or the guy on the next treadmill) can suppress the hormone ghrelin and raise peptide YY levels. The first tends to stimulate appetite and the second suppresses appetite.

Timing is Important

The hormonal effect of exercise doesn't last forever. About an hour after your workout, you're more likely to be craving something to nosh on. Women seem to be more susceptible to this effect than men. If you're aware of it, however, you can make sure you have a healthy snack handy. This is also why it helps to exercise first and then eat lunch.

Make Lunch Hour the Exercise Hour

Frequent exercise does help reset your brain's hunger signals. A brisk walk at lunch takes only 20 minutes, but it can help promote this brain reset effect – and you'll still have time to eat something. Exercise at this hour of the day also revs you up for the afternoon but shouldn't interfere with sleep. Just remember that while exercise does give you some after-burn effect, it's not a license to overindulge. Keep your food choices healthy, with a combination of protein, a little healthy fat and lots of vegetables.

SHARE THIS BLOG

I'm Ready to Lose Weight!Schedule My Free Consultation
Loading Form..
A coach will contact you shortly to schedule your free consultation.

I very happy that I want to Metabolic Research Center to get help with my weight. I have done a lot of thing to loss weight and I do loss it but only 25 to 35 pounds and I always gained it back because I go back to my old way. With the Metabolic Research Center they have shown me that I need to make a life change and I am trying.

— 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 / 5 stars


Have a question? We can help! Leave us a message and we'll get back to you shortly. Leave your telephone number to have a weight loss consultant return your call. Thank you!

Loading Form..