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Is Weight Lifting a Natural Appetite Suppressant?

Is Weight Lifting a Natural Appetite Suppressant?

Sure, strength training and aerobic exercise can help you work off those extra calories. But it might also help you say no to them in the first place.

That's just what a small study showed. People who lifted weights for 90 minutes -- or ran on a treadmill for 60 -- felt less hungry than those who didn't work out.

When Your Heart Is Pumping
In fact, a good workout could suppress your appetite for as long as 2 hours afterward. Researchers speculate that the effect could have something to do with ghrelin -- an appetite-stimulating hormone. Exercise seems to suppress it. But you gotta do both strength training and cardio. Here's why.

Other Hunger Hitters
Give cravings the heave-ho with these two other I-feel-full, mind-over-matter tricks: 

Start walking off your winter weight in the comfort of your own home with this online video by Leslie Sansone.

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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