Physical Exercise Favors Adherence To a Low-calorie Diet

New research by the Center for Weight, Food and Lifestyle Sciences (WELL Center) at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Drexel (United States) shows that in addition to the important implications of physical exercise It has for health, it also helps adhere to a low calorie diet.

To date there has been, and exists, a lot of debate about the incidence of physical activity on appetite. While some studies show that exercise leads to overeating by increasing a person’s appetite or justification for eating, other studies show that exercise regulates hunger and can help reduce overeating.

And it is in this sense that the work of the American university is positioned, which has been published in ‘Health Psychology’. The results of the study, in which 130 people participated, indicate that physical exercise is a factor that is more part of the solution than the problem.


Appetite reduction

Not surprisingly, it has shown that exercise reduces the probability of overeating by up to 12 percent. In addition, as noted, for every 10 additional minutes of exercise the risk of exercise is reduced by one percent in the hours after it is performed.

“Our study suggests that exercise can also help adhere to a low-calorie diet, perhaps through better regulation of appetite or eating behavior, so it is one more reason to do physical activity if you want to lose weight, “explains Rebecca Crochiere, principal author of the research.

“These findings can help researchers better understand when people looking to lose weight are at risk of overeating. They may also suggest the development of treatments that avoid overeating and facilitate weight loss, “adds Crochiere.

The results also suggest that the effect of exercise on eating behavior may depend on the intensity of the exercise, with a light physical activity (versus moderate to vigorous) that shows the strongest protective effects against overeating, although more research is needed to support this finding according to the principal investigator.