Monday, December 13, 2010

Can Exercise Help Curb Your Appetite?

Research suggests staying active can help you feel full.

Pharmaceutical companies and scientists have been working for decades to find a magic pill to make us feel more satisfied and eat less. Fortunately, researchers at the University of Campinas in Brazil may have found a link to making us feel full—without the use of drugs.

Some of our eating habits—particularly if they involve a lot of fatty foods like fries and pizza—may cause us to lose the ability to know when we're full. Some research suggests that eating excessive amount of fat creates failures in the brain's signals that control satiety in the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that manages hunger). These failures can lead to uncontrollable food intake and, thus, obesity. Brazilian researchers, led by Jose Barreto C. Carvalheira, set out to determine if exercising obese rodents could restore satiety and decreased food intake. Read more

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