Exercising in the morning aids weight loss

February 20, 2013, 11:12 am Alice Treloar Yahoo!7

New research shows that morning exercise reduces a person's motivation for food.

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By Alice Treloar

Rise, shine and slim-down. Read on, ladies.

Research has found 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise (stretching in your pajamas doesn’t count, people) in the morning can reduce food’s appeal, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Curb your (appetite) enthusiasm

After a brisk 45-mintue walking session on the treadmill, 18 normal-weight and 17 obese women, who were recruited from Bringham Young University, US, had their neural activity measured when looking at 240 images of food or flowers.

A week later, the same experiment was conducted but this time without exercise.

They found treadmill time altered the brain’s response to food images.

“We wanted to see if obesity influenced food motivation, but it didn’t,” says Professor James LeCheminant. “However, it was clear that the exercise was playing a role in their neural responses to the pictures of food.”

Not convinced?

Researchers found morning workouts increased total activity clocked for the day. Additionally, women who exercised didn’t feel the need to overcompensate with a second cream cheese bagel for the extra calories burned.

“This study provides evidence that exercise not only affects energy output, but it also may affect how people respond to food cues,” says LeCheminant.

Take home message? Readjust your alarm clock, dust off the joggers and get moving. Your appetite will thank you.

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  1. Glib10:46am Thursday 21st February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Most women have absolutely no idea what "moderate to vigorous" exercise really means.

  2. U cant handle the truth12:28pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Gays Blacks Feminists criminals scum

  3. Mark12:02pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    oh no simple simon veritat on here again ... lookout

  4. Geri08:35am Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    oh #$%$. I exercise religously of an afternoon...Its what I prefer and im not overweight nor do I eat excessively.. I think exercise done at whatever time of the day can only be beneficial!!!

  5. Sunshine10:05pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    OH this is such a bollocks article. When I do my PT session in the morning, I'm ready to scoff a horse down by 11am! If I don't do a PT session in the am, I only need 1/2 horse by midday day, so I totally disagree with this article!! I'm ravenous on the work out mornings.


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