We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is well-known that vigorous exercise does not "work up an appetite." On the contrary, it tends to reduce hunger and appetite.
That might not apply to 8 hours on the Appalachian Trail or a day job as a lumberjack, but it is certainly true for me with my 1-hr daily exercises. The more consistently I exercise, the less interest I have in food and the smaller the portions I can handle. This effect is most pronounced with demanding cardio and calisthenic exercise, not much with strength exercise or with sports. There is a theory that the effect has something to do with Peptide YY.
Nobody wants to eat anything after a hour of tough cardio exercise and that suppressive effect tends to last 24 hrs.
Maybe it makes some genetic sense. If you need to move yourself vigorously and frequently, the less fat you have on you the better you can avoid becoming part of a Tiger Dinner Party. Hunger is an interesting instinct and only recently has it been studied biochemically. One thing we know for certain is that subjective hunger or attraction to food is not a signal for a need for nourishment for most adults in a food-rich environment.
Overweight people seem to have the strongest subjective hunger, and sedentary people tend to have stronger appetites. Cause or effect? Chicken or egg?
part of the good effect of exercise is on insulin levels and insulin sensitivity. Even mild exercise brings blood sugars and more importantly insulin levels back to a more normal level. When I went through cardiac rehab, a diabetic woman would have non-fasting blood sugar of 200, do an exercise bike for 30 min and have a repeat blood sugar of 110. Even mild exercise has huge benefits for many people. I'm convinced that the '....I'm hungry all the time...' complaint of many overweight people is really produced by high insulin levels driving the craving for food and carbs.
I think their wanting to eat all the time is a reflection of having time to think about food. When I'm busy, virtually the entire day can pass by before I think about food. The concept of three meals a day can be a mistake after a certain age.
Hmmm. This blog, ostensibly populated by good reason and good thought daily takes on all sorts of bullshit. That, I reckon, constitutes goodness in a world of smug self-centeredness.
You ask me to disguise my observation as it concerns well-off Christianese lifestylers whose apparent goodness amounts to showing off about 300 times a year and parroting ancient Hebrew about 52 times a year sans pertinent commentary.
Wow, this could not be more wrong for me. Exercise almost always makes me hungry. When I come home from the gym, I am usually very distracted by hunger. I have learned that I can stave off the cravings till dinner by having a low-fat yogurt (which is pretty satisfying), otherwise I would probably undo all the work I have done.
One summer when I was 40, I took a construction job, 4-10 week. 10 hour days, 3 day weekend, in Seattle. I was a college professor at the time and worked out regularly in a gym. that summer , I ate like a horse, drank beer all the time, and slept , dream free like I had never done before, or since. Hard physical labor is not playing at the gym. Come Fall, I was in the best shape I have ever been.
When we need to do intensive work on the ranch, which happens a couple of times a year, we eat probably twice as much as we eat normally. Everyone here does.
I skip meals pretty regularly most of the year, working through lunch or whatever.
But when we are loading hay bales 16 hours a day, I could not keep up with the pace if I did not eat three times a day. And usually second helpings.
Every year at harvest time ( late July to early September), we spend 10 to 12 hours per day moving 75 pound bales of hay.
I easily eat twice as much as I do each day the rest of the year. We rarely skip meals, and at dinner, most of us get second helpings and eat ice cream after.
This is normal and predictable, not just for me, but for the whole crew. It is the same every year.
If you don't eat enough, you really feel it later.
And everyone always loses weight.
You just cannot draw conclusions about the relationship between diet and exercise if you are only looking at one or two hours a day. I think through most of modern human history, "work" meant all day.
Like many things, I think we're all wired a bit differently and have different reactions. Personally, while hard exercise may depress my appetite - it is only temporary and I want to eat within an hour. (bigger problem of course is I also feel like I've "earned" a few beers!)