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How Exercise Influences Hunger and Weight Loss

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  • Recent research shows that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning may reduce food cravings, both immediately afterward and throughout the day
  • Exercising first thing in the morning, especially if done on an empty stomach, has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including preventing weight gain and insulin resistance
  • Your choice of breakfast food may play a significant role in decreasing or heightening sensations of hunger afterward. Carbohydrate-rich breakfast foods can significantly increase hunger – especially if you are lean, with healthy insulin sensitivity
  • Previous research has revealed that exercise may also help control your body weight by altering hormones released by your gut after a meal
  • When exercising in a fasted state, it’s critical to eat a recovery meal within 30 minutes post-workout. This meal should NOT be skipped in the name of fasting. Fast-assimilating protein, such as whey, is ideal for brain and muscle recovery

By Dr. Mercola

A common assumption about exercise is that it will motivate you to eat more. But recent research turns this assumption on its head by showing that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning may actually reduce your food cravings.


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