Dr. David Stensel and his colleagues at Loughborough University performed a study that found that it is more effective to exercise than food restriction when it comes to limiting calorie consumption.
Hormonal, behaviour and psychological responses where measured for women in a food restriction diet. Where deficient in calorie consumption were achieved through food restriction the participants showed and increase in ghrelin, the hunger hormone, while lower levels of peptide YY the hunger suppressant hormone. The participants also consumed more at buffet meal, up to a third more, than on occasions where exercise was used to generate a calorie deficient.
Providing a valuable contribution to the diet and exercise debate, Dr Stensel highlighted the study’s findings as it shows that exercise does not increase hunger or encourage participants to eat more in the hours immediately following exercise.