Researchers from UMASS have found that 60 minutes of exercise on a cycle ergometer reduced the neuronal responses in the part of your brain consistent with:
- Reduced pleasure of food,
- Reduced incentive motivation to eat, and
- Reduced anticipation and consumption of food.
In essence, exercise prevents your brain from telling you to eat.
So, how come I know a ton of people who exercise 5 days a week and still can’t manage to drop their extra body-fat?
Because scientific research ≠ real life.
- Scientific research has to be precise.
- Real life is anything but precise. It involves emotions and peer pressure and hormones and tv commercial for stuffed crust pizza and a whole bunch of other stuff designed to make you eat and eat and eat.
So, what can we take from this study?
If you’re feeling hungry and you want to squash that hunger, get up off your butt and go for a brisk 20 minute walk. Odds are, you’ll get those neurons working in your favor and your hunger will fade away.
And even if it doesn’t, the exercise will do your body good anyway.
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