WOW. Interesting study. Read if you're a runner, swimmer, or weightlifter...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Found this article after realizing how much fruit I'd been not only eating but really CRAVING. I've always loved fruit but never enough to choose it over pancakes at Denny's. So I thought I'd research after surprisingly yet happily declining chocolate chip pancakes.

In the study set to find how our bodies react to different types of exercise, the results showed that jogging’s after-effects include a craving for fruits while swimming, on the other hand, prompts a desire for biscuits.

Intensive activity need not increase the appetite but certain workouts result in hankerings for particular foods.

The researchers found that some athletes like runners do not feel hungry after sport because their effort suppresses the ghrelin hormone that stimulates appetite. His findings suggest that people who are worried that their exercise regimes will cause them to lose too much weight should turn to swimming, which inspires a craving for fatty food like biscuits and chocolate, or weightlifting, which creates a hunger for potatoes and pasta.

The body tends to respond to exercise so it can do it more efficiently in future. The lighter you are, the better for long-distance running, so your body will crave watery foods that lower your body temperature by rehydration while not piling on the pounds.

But if you are making your body lift weights, then you will crave carb- and protein-rich foods that will bulk up your muscles. Similarly, if you are regularly swimming in cold water, your body benefits if your brain guides you towards foods that will give you a layer of protective fat.

The study author, Dr David Stensel of Loughborough University’s School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, said that the body’s different reaction to particular types of exercise stemmed from a combination of physical and psychological factors. The suppression of appetite experienced by joggers does not get corrected after they had recovered from their exertions. These people don’t seem to overcompensate for missed meals when their body returns to its rest state, which is fascinating.

So, by running, you burn all the calories but you don’t get hungrier than you would, have had you not exercised at all.
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    i just can't get over the fruit thing. i want some watermelon soooo bad!
    4111 days ago
    I never considered this at all. I'm gong to google this article when I get a chance. It makes sense. Thanks for the info. emoticon
    4111 days ago
    As a swimmer I'd always heard that swimmers would develop a fat layer like a dolphin....very interesting read! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4111 days ago
    Wow, very interesting. I don't feel very hungry after jogging but I do try to eat something within an hour.
    4112 days ago
    That's really interesting and something I have never actually considered, but now you mention it, I don't really feel hungry after running! Thanks for the information! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4112 days ago
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