Exercising more than your mouth

Everybody knows that working out gives you a big appetite, right? Well, everybody's wrong (it happens all the time). Yes, people who exercise regularly are likely to have a healthy (read: normal) appetite, but they're rarely hungry immediately after exercising because

1 Exercise pulls stored energy — glucose and fat — out of body tissues, so your glucose levels stay steady and you don't feel hungry.

i Exercise slows the passage of food through the digestive tract. Your stomach empties more slowly and you feel fuller longer.

Caution: If you eat a heavy meal right before heading for the gym or the stationary bike in your bedroom, the food sitting in your stomach may make you feel stuffed. Sometimes, you may develop cramps. Or — as Heartburn & Reflux For Dummies (Wiley) explains — heartburn. Ouch.

^ Exercise (including mental exertion) reduces anxiety. For some people, that means less desire to reach for a snack.

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