New research has indicated that exercise can help to suppress the appetite temporarily. In the study, participants were placed into two groups – one that cut back on their food intake and one that exercised. Both groups either burned or reduced the same number of calories, but the exercise group later ate about one-third less when served a buffet-style meal. Another part of the study found that men and women had similar hunger-hormone responses as a result of exercise-induced calorie restrictions.
It is important to note that the participants in this study were young, healthy, and fit. It is possible that overweight individuals could respond differently, and that exercise could cause compensatory food intake increases over a longer period of time.
These findings were published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in the March 2016 issue.