Physical activity reduces appetite in women

If you want to eat less, take action. Unlike what many believe, a new study has found that after exercising, women did not open up more appetite than after having been at rest. Here we tell you more details about this finding, which may be a new reason for you to start your physical activity routine and do not abandon it.

Every time Fabiola arrives from the gym, she opens the refrigerator and takes a portion of the richest she finds to eat while she rests in front of the television. The justification? You have spent a lot of energy and calories with exercise and you need to replenish your strength.

For her, and all the Fabiola that surely will do the same, here is a new study according to which this affirmation is not more than an excuse to eat something that seems to them. Well, apparently, the exercise did not open the appetite to a group of women after exercising. They even ate less than when they were at rest.

This is a small research that was published online in the October issue of the journal M edicine & Science in Sports & Exercise , according to which just 45 minutes of brisk walking would be enough to reduce the brain’s response to food. day, regardless of the person’s weight.

To arrive at these data, scientists from the University of Brigham Young, in the United States, measured the brain activity of 18 healthy women and 17 obese women, while looking at photographs of food (and then pictures of flowers, to serve as “Control” or comparison).

Then, the researchers took the brain measurements twice. The first, an hour after the women walked at a brisk pace on a tape, for 45 minutes. The second, a week later, a morning when women did not exercise.

In both moments, the participants wrote down what they ate and the physical activity they did. The surprise was that the women not only showed much less interest in the food after the exercise, but also did not eat more that day to “compensate” for the calories they had burned.

While it is still necessary to have more data to determine how long the reduction in motivation for food lasts after an exercise session, especially if people participate in long-term exercise regimens, these findings provide new information about how the Exercise could affect the way people respond to food cues.

Now you know. If doing exercises was the excuse to eat more, start looking for another. Well, maintaining a routine of physical activities not only helps to fight excess weight and keep you in shape, but it could also help you reduce the amount of food you eat.

And not only that, it also helps you maintain good health: it is good for the heart, diabetes, cholesterol, and even to reduce stress and improve mood. Are you still looking for more excuses or are you already thinking about putting into practice a new diet and exercise routine?

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