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Does Exercise Make You Eat More?

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Does Exercise Make You Eat More? Just as exercise and weight loss is a complex relationship, so too is physical activity and appetite. Burning calories through exercise makes your body crave food in order to replenish your energy stores.

Does working out more make you more hungry? Studies have shown that the more intensely you exercise, the less ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) your body produces, so a long, low-intensity session could be the reason why you’re ravenous.

Is it normal to eat more when you exercise? According to accredited practicing dietitian Casuarina Forsyth, intense hunger is our body’s natural response to increased activity. “When we exercise, our bodies are burning fuel. As a result, our appetite is increased as a way of our body ensuring that the fuel sources are replaced,” she says.