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How does exercise affect ghrelin levels in women?

Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pay attention, ladies! When you exercise, your ghrelin (hunger hormone) spikes in order to preserve fat for biological birthing purposes. With weight loss, it's far more important to monitor your nutritional intake than it is to exercise. I advocate exercise for everyone for health reasons, but it is not the primary way you're going to lose weight. For women in particular, an overemphasis on exercise during your program can actually hinder your weight loss if you're not monitoring and controlling your ghrelin. That's how important this hunger hormone is in your overall effort.
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Exercise increases ghrelin secretion in women. Specifically, intense exercise increases ghrelin. When a woman exercises intensely, and for a long period of time, blood sugar drops. The drop in blood sugar triggers the secretion of ghrelin, thus stimulating hunger.

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