I tend to scoff at any so-called science about eating, nutrition and health because what is accepted changes almost daily. But I was gratified to see a story recently about a new study noting that, for some people, exercising doesn’t help with weight loss and overall body condition, it just makes you hungrier. I’ve said that for years in my own case. I can always eat more calories after I exercise than I’ve burned off.
“For some time, scientists have been puzzled — and exercisers frustrated — by the general ineffectiveness of exercise as a weight-loss strategy. According to multiple studies and anecdotes, most people who start exercising do not lose as much weight as would be expected, given their increased energy expenditure. Some people add pounds despite burning hundreds of calories during workouts,” the New York Times reported.
“Past studies of this phenomenon have found that exercise can increase the body’s production of appetite hormones, making some people feel ravenous after even a light workout and prone to consume more calories than they expended. But that finding, while intriguing, doesn’t fully explain the wide variability in people’s post-exercise eating habits,” the times said.
The study reported on found that people who thought of exercise as exercise tended to eat more while those who saw it as fun did not.
Just more evidence that we are highly complex mechanisms and what works for one does not always work for others.
I am one of those people who are really hungry after exercising. I am trying to use that to work for me now. My doctor wants me to eat more cooked greens (to heal the lining of my arteries) and beans (fiber, to reduce cholesterol). So as soon as I finish exercising I fix a big plate of greens and beans. I am so hungry I eat them, even though I don’t really like them. If I wasn’t that hungry, I don’t think I would get through them.