Magazine article Work & Family Life

Does Working out Make You Hungrier?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Does Working out Make You Hungrier?

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People sometimes say: the more I exercise, the hungrier I get. So the extra food I eat offsets the calories I burn during a workout. Sounds logical, but is it really so?

According to the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Medicine, which published a review of research on this subject, the connection between diet and exercise is more complicated.

There's evidence that when people are exercising regularly, they eat about the same or only slightly more than when they're not exercising. And while competitive athletes do eat more while they're in training, they rarely gain weight because their strenuous exercise more than compensates for the extra calories they're taking in.

Studies have also found that losing weight is more often the result of eating less than of exercising more. …

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