Of the many myths surrounding exercise, one of the most harmful is undoubtedly the one that says that exercise makes you hungry, and therefore cause you to pack on the pounds. In fact, a study by researchers at Loughborough University has found just the opposite. If you are aiming to lose or maintain weight and you wonder how exercise can help you achieve your goals, read on!
Exercise Beats Food Restriction
Losing weight involves burning more calories than you consume, and the above study has shown that exercise actually helps you limit your daily food intake more efficiently than food restriction. Essentially, when you attempt to cut your caloric total, the body produces increased levels of the hormone ghrelin (which makes you feel hungry) and lower levels of the peptide YY (which curbs hunger). In the study, participants who were placed on a food restricted diet ate almost a third more at a buffet meal, compared to those who had exercised. The same results are in both men and women.
Exercise Also Minimizes Weight Regain
If you have been on a health regimen and are pleased with your results, about the last thing you want is to start re-gaining even a single gram of what you have lost. Exercise can help with that, according to research by the American Physiological Society. Which found that exercise reduces the appetite and burns fat before burning carbohydrates. This process can battle the tendency to overeat by sending signals of fullness to the brain. Finally, physical activity prevents the increase in the number of fat cells. Showing that it is indeed possible to keep numbers down by embracing the ‘physical’ life.
Making it Enjoyable
The one bad thing about exercise is that requires plenty of effort and discipline. If you find that your gym visits are irregular, that you tend to find excuses to avoid your daily workout. Put a bit of fun into the equation! Enlist the help of an exercise body. Use a fitness app, necklace, or bracelet to track important information such as your heartbeat, calories burned etc. Which can be very motivating. A 2018 study by the American College of Cardiology found that listening to music can lengthen your workout time, making it considerably more enjoyable. If you go to the gym, prioritize classes that use music to raise your mood and if you prefer to work out at home, your playlist can be connected to speakers for a more personalized listening experience.
Don’t Forget Stress Busting Exercise
To lose or maintain weight, a combination of cardiovascular and strength exercises are key. However, don’t forget to make anti-stress exercise regimens (think yoga or Tai Chi) part of your weekly training routine. Stress can make you overeat and sleep less. These two factors are known to promote obesity and will definitely pose a challenge for your weight loss goals.
If you have been struggling with your weight loss program or you have hit a plateau. Let exercise kickstart a different, multifaceted approach to your goal. Exercise can help you sleep better and feel less hungry. It can also curb stress, which is a reason why many people overeat or indulge in junk and sugary foods. Plan on having a regular exercise schedule to help control your appetite and achieve your fitness goals.
Featured Author: Kylee Franklin.