Vigorous exercise curbs appetite

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Did you know that more vigorous exercise decreases appetite? 

This seemed far-fetched to me until I tried it for myself. 

There was a noticeable difference in my appetite between vigorously running and leisurely walking. 

I didn’t feel like stuffing my face after exercising. 

 

Gretchen Reynolds, who writes the Phys Ed column for The New York Times, recently wrote about whether running or walking is better. 

She referenced a study that looked at what runners and walkers ate at a buffet after exercising. 

“The runners also proved after exercise to have significantly higher blood levels of a hormone called peptide YY, which has been shown to suppress appetite. The walkers did not have increased peptide YY levels; their appetites remained hearty,” (Reynolds).

Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., published The New Aerobics in 1970 and had an example of a sergeant at the Lackland Air Force Base who lost 20 pounds in five weeks from exercising at lunch hour.

The sergeant exercised around lunch time and was able to skip lunch entirely with exercising at lunch.

Skipping meals has been proven to contribute to weight gain because of overindulgence at the following meal.

Exercising vigorously to curb hunger might be worth giving a try, particularly for college students, because college students tend to stress out from college life. 

Some college students already use exercise as a stress reliever, but it might be useful to use exercise to prevent overeating while getting food at one of the places to eat on campus.

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