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1Active Voice: Appetite Responses to Exercise in Females: Implications for Weight Control

from By David Stensel, Ph.D. and Kevin Deighton, Ph.D.

From April 26:
David Stensel, Ph.D. Kevin Deighton, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

David Stensel, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist working at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. He has been a member of ACSM since 1993.

Kevin Deighton, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in sport and exercise nutrition at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom.

This commentary presents the authors’ views on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues authored. The article appeared in the March 2016 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

The effects of exercise on appetite have been a topic of intense debate over many decades. Interest in this area has increased since the turn of the century, with the discovery in 1999 of the appetite-stimulating (“hunger hormone”) ghrelin. This area has obvious implications for the role of exercise in maintaining a healthy weight and for inducing weight loss in those who are overweight and want to lose weight. Unfortunately, there is widespread misunderstanding about how exercise affects appetite. One such misconception is that exercise enhances appetite and food intake and thus undermines attempts to lose weight. This view is often propagated by the popular press (e.g., TIME, 9 August 2009, “Why exercise won’t make you thin”). more

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