Sep 24, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
While anecdote != evidence, I personally think I eat more because I workout... (well that and the fact I *love* good food)
The Brigham Young University study, published in the October edition of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, put normal-weight and overweight participants through a 45 minute exercise regimen every morning, and then showed them pictures of food, compared to people of the same weight who were shown the same pictures but didn't work out. The researchers measured their neural activity when shown the food, and participants who had exercised actually showed lower brain response than those who hadn't.
Granted, the study used a small sample size (35 women), and the 45 minutes of exercise was treadmill walking, so there's definitely plenty of research to be done here, but if the implication is that morning workouts will keep us from pigging out in front of the fridge for breakfast or overeating at lunch, it's worth a try. It feels a little counter-intuitive, that exercise might make you less hungry, but the researchers explain a bit in the video above, or hit the link below to read more about the study and methodology.