The Shocking Way Exercise Can Actually Make Your Appetite Decrease

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It’s not uncommon to hear about the many benefits that wellness and exercise can have on your life.

Many of those benefits  include actually craving  healthy food and wanting to eat less.  Furthermore, it’s also not uncommon for ones’  appetite to increase when you start implementing a new workout program. It varies from person to person and from each different workout type. The formula can be pretty complicated. If it were uniform, we would all look like Teyana Taylor.

In the past I’ve had clients want me to prevent them from eating a lot. Sadly, I’m not a magician or a miracle worker, so I can’t prevent workouts from making you hungry. The only thing I can say is that if you do feel hungrier, make sure you are making smart choices with your food. Don’t use the caloric deficit to make extra trips to your favorite Chinese place or in my case Dairy Queen.

A lot of people think that because they worked out they can reward themselves, but most people don’t workout nearly as hard enough to actually be able to “reward” themselves with the calories that they need to replenish. Yes, your workouts will make you hungry, but don’t use them as an excuse to eat way more unless your body is actually craving the food and you’re not actually  thirsty. Often times thirst cues can be confused as hunger. Next time you’re dying of hunger and you just ate, try drinking a glass of water and giving yourself a break from eating.

Moreover, do a workout that you actually like so you don’t view it as a punishment and reward yourself after the workout. From the research I’ve done there’s no common consensus on what kind of exercise decreases your appetite. I’ve heard that intervals can decrease it and moderate intensity exercise can as well. So what’s the answer?

Many are unmotivated by the fact that exercise does increase hunger, so then it defeats the purpose of working out because they already have struggles with hunger.

Sadly, effects from exercise are different in each person. Training can decrease your appetite, making you feel fuller or make you feel hungrier.  The Important thing to remember here is not to sabotage your progress by using exercise to reward yourself. It’s a bad practice to start.





Evelyn Derderian

Evelyn is a San Francisco native, personal trainer and health and fitness contributor. She loves sushi, books, brunching and working out. Read more of her writing at