Sunday, June 22, 2008

Scientific Evidence: Aerobic Exercise Suppresses Appetite

Following is an excerpt from an article I read on that backs up my claim of aerobic exercise suppressing appetite.
"A research team evaluated blood levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) before and after a three-month program of aerobic exercise in 15 overweight men and women. The seven men and eight women, ages 26 to 51, worked out on a treadmill and bicycle. They were asked about their calorie intake and told to continue eating their usual number of calories. The participants were unaware that one of the study's objectives was to evaluate changes in food intake.

At the end of the study, the subjects had decreased BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure, the data showed. They also reported consuming fewer calories than at the beginning of the study. Over the three months, BDNF levels greatly increased. The higher the concentration of BDNF, the less the subject's intake of calories and the greater the weight loss.

Thus, it is possible that increases in BDNF suppress appetite, she said. They did not test appetite suppression directly, but some past studies have shown that aerobic exercise suppresses appetite."
Source: here

Related post: What Everybody Ought to Know About Exercise

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