Saturday, June 12, 2010
Does exercise increase appetite and therefore make losing weight difficult as some articles claim? Or is weight loss difficult to achieve without exercise, as we've always been told?
Based on this past month, I'd have to say it's both.
Exercise: I've been walking and exercising for one to two hours a day. Some days my appetite just won't abate, and it's very hard to resist having an extra meal. Luckily, I've heard the nerves to the stomach eventually get retrained to stop complaining so much, so I've been able to just push through it, for the most part.
No Exercise: When I came down with a cold I missed around 4 long walks and a couple of exercise classes. Weight loss slowed to a crawl that week.
My conclusion: Exercise is indeed necessary to lose weight, yet it does make it harder.