Will Exercise Make You Eat Less?

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It’s the new year and that means I, once again, will try and lose weight. I know I need to ditch the processed foods, eat more fruits and vegetables and start exercising again. But, the other day, I heard that exercise can make you eat less. Is it true? If I exercise, will I eat less and, therefore, lose weight?

An Answer From The Fitness Expert:

The urge to eat and/or the sensation of feeling hungry comes from complex systems in your body, in which exercise is but one factor. Your body’s need for fuel (aka: food) is determined by the hypothalamus, which is a gland deep inside your brain that regulates hunger, thirst, body temperature, water balance, blood pressure and links your nervous system to your endocrine system (your hormones).

Exercise stimulates all of the systems in your body — including the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is like the director of a movie in which your bodily functions are the characters, each one relying on another to create a happy ending. But you can’t expect that simply exercising will direct your hypothalamus to make you to eat less.

In general, to lose weight, you need to increase exercise and decrease calories that you intake and store. It takes 3,500 calories to make up a pound of body fat. This fat can be gained by eating too much and exercising too little, and it can be lost by increasing exercise and decreasing the intake of excess calories. Your caloric intake and expenditure is controlled by you.

Exercise also stimulates your hormones, in particular your endorphins, which are your feel good hormones. Feeling good is like a drug: the better you feel, the clearer you think and the clearer you think, the better choices you make.

Eating less is a conscious choice, and no amount of exercise will really make you eat one cup of pasta instead of two.

About the fitness expert:

Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at Goodlife — where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow, Cycling, Bootcamp and yoga — she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.

Additional Information May Help:

Eating often, instead of less is best. If you have something every couple hours, your body will run better and you won’t go hungry. Drinking plenty of water all day will help lose weight as well. Eating the right foods, at the right times, you may go well above the calorie limit described in this article, but you can still lose weight. Of course, your body will go hungrier if it needs more food. Most athletes eat a lot of food per day.

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