Picture 22 year old me. Just out of college, first job, living on my own, and exercising like a demon. I would take an intense step aerobics class (remember that?) then leave completely ravenous. I'd make myself a huge dinner or order Chinese and proceed to devour the whole thing in front of the TV. Then I was shocked to discover I gained weight!
But what about people who start exercising as a way to lose weight? Though they try to be cognizant of their movement and nutrition, weight loss is often elusive. Either they slowly gain weight, remain constant or lose much less than they expected.
Researchers have always agreed that most people compensate for the calories used while exercising by:
However, the exact method of compensation (overeating or undermoving) was unknown until now. A new study of the habits of previously inactive people beginning an exercise regimen aimed at getting a handle on just that.
A total of 171 sedentary overweight people were split up into a non-exercise (control) group and 2 exercise groups (90 and 210 minutes of 'vigorous' exercise per week). Their weight, resting metabolic rates, typical levels of hunger, aerobic fitness, daily food intake and energy expenditures were measured. The study also asked the participants if they felt that healthy actions now justified less-healthy ones later.
The study found:
What sticks out at me is the seemingly small amount of calorie increase. Simply eating 91 more calories per day halted weight loss in someone who vigorously exercised 90 minutes per week!
Exercise makes you hungrier, that's a fact. But it is vital to focus on food intake so as not to overdo it and gain weight. Does this seem hard? Yes, it is hard but DO-ABLE! I can help you get started on an appropriate exercise plan AS WELL AS adopting nutrition habits that will complement your increase in movement. Reach out today by joining my mailing list or commenting below.
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