November 2, 2012

Exercising in the morning reduces appetite

Do you feel eating like crazy in the morning? It’s not as bad as if you’d feel the same thing in the evening, but you have to find out that you can do something to diminish your appetite. According to a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, working out in the morning makes you eat less. The explanation? Exercises reduce the brain’s motivation for food.

Researchers examined 18 normal-weight women and 17 obese women over two separate days. On the first day they were asked to walk briskly for 45 minutes, and after that they were shown images with food and flowers. On the second day they were shown the same images, but without exercising before. The results were analyzed by measuring the strength of their brain waves.

Researchers found out that all the women paid less attention to the food images right after exercising, no matter their weight, but had no effect on brain response to the flowers. According to the specialists, this means that sport affects the way our brain responds to food in particular, and can influence the decisions concerning appetite.

And another good thing is that exercising in the morning didn’t lead to overeating during the day, but gave women energy to do more physical activities and to burn more calories.