Excessive exercise can wear you down and your appetite as well

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I chanced upon a post in social media that when you do physical activities excessively, you tend to lose your appetite. That is also true when working out more than your normal capacity, hunger will be somewhat elusive. Is there anyone here on OMAD who is doing such a style of working out just to control hunger?
 
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I have heard that excessive exercise can increase your appetite and I haven't heard of the opposite effect but I guess it may be true for some people because everyone's body is different. I personally think just exercising enough is more optimal but I'm not an expert so I might be wrong, and like I said it's probably different for everyone anyway so this really might be true for some but I don't think it is for me, but I think it's worth trying out just to see if it does work.
 
#3
Well everything worth doing should be done in moderation, I know I feel sore if I over work myself during exercises so I just take reasonable time out to just exercise and then move on.
 

Happyflowerlady

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I always exercise at the end of my fasting window, and I swim for at least an hour, sometimes more. Even if I feel hungry before I go to the fitness center, I don’t feel hungry when swimming, and I really feel energized by the exercise .
I don’t know about how it works when you do physical exercise excessively, because I only do a moderate amount each day. An hour’s worth of swimming burns about 800-1000 calories, according to my Apple Watch, and since I am purely burning body fat at the end of my fast, it is the perfect time to exercise.
I don’t think that doing excessive exercise is necessary, or even healthy , at least for the average person like us, who just wants to lose weight and tone up our body while doing that.
 
#5
I thought that physical activities excessively will raise the appetite and not make it going down, this happened to me, it was a time when I was exercising twice a day and my appetite grew.
 
#6
Yeah it's true that so much physical activity makes you more hungrier because of used up so much energy. Maybe doing more exercises to control hunger is effective for some people but definitely for the majority it would be eating up a lot to recharge a low energy body due to excessive exercising. I believe that excessive exercising is not necessary and is not good for our muscles, maybe raising a little count on your exercise day by day will help.
 
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Maybe you are right that it will make us lose our appetite. In my opinion, being busy on a certain thing like exercise can make you forget that you needed to eat.
 

Jimmy Swartz

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I chanced upon a post in social media that when you do physical activities excessively, you tend to lose your appetite. That is also true when working out more than your normal capacity, hunger will be somewhat elusive. Is there anyone here on OMAD who is doing such a style of working out just to control hunger?
Thanks for the question. There are a lot of factors that can play into the level of your activity and the effects it has on your appetite. Most of the research out there shows (such as this study) weight training or exercise to decrease a hormone called ghrelin. While at the same time it will increase levels of an appetite suppressing hormone called "leptin". But, there is other research that suggests that hunger suppressing effects may play a different role for obese individuals compared to lean individuals based on this study.

There is certainly not a definitive answer as to whether exercising to help with hunger will work for everyone based on too many variables.
However, while exercising on the Omad Diet there are certainly some practices that I think that help with hunger. I talk about many of those best practices in this article https://omaddiet.com/omad-exercising-training-tips/
 

Happyflowerlady

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Today, I swam for over an hour and a half, while in a fasted state.
I swam over a mile, and I burned almost 1400 calories. I came home and made a salad for my meal, and a little peanut butter for dessert, and I have felt great all day.
The exercise energizes me; but it does not make me feel starving for food, nor does it make me too worn out to eat.
I think that exercising and toning up your muscles while dieting is very important, and when it is also at the end of your fast and you are burning all body fat calories, then it is even better.

I am almost 74 years old, recovered from heart failure and heart arrythmia, and if I can do this; so can just about anyone else. Just start your exercise at a level that you can handle and then work to improve yourself.
Choose an exercise that you enjoy and then consistently do it.
 
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Thanks for the question. There are a lot of factors that can play into the level of your activity and the effects it has on your appetite. Most of the research out there shows (such as this study) weight training or exercise to decrease a hormone called ghrelin. While at the same time it will increase levels of an appetite suppressing hormone called "leptin". But, there is other research that suggests that hunger suppressing effects may play a different role for obese individuals compared to lean individuals based on this study.

There is certainly not a definitive answer as to whether exercising to help with hunger will work for everyone based on too many variables.
However, while exercising on the Omad Diet there are certainly some practices that I think that help with hunger. I talk about many of those best practices in this article https://omaddiet.com/omad-exercising-training-tips/
Thanks very much for the information. I have yet to be on full OMAD although I am already skipping dinner as a way of preparing myself. Part of my preparation is the research on ways to control my hunger. This is the first time that I’ve come across ghrelin which is a kind of hormone. Anyway, even if the studies are not definite on the effect of exercise over appetite, I guess it is safe for me because I am not obese although I am not lean either.
 
#11
It was my friend who recommended that style of hunger control back a few months ago. I was able to handle it for two months I think and I can't continue anymore. It's great I can lost lots of weight and I can see the changes but I feel so exhausted everytime and I started feeling nauseous out of nowhere. I don't know because I also drink detox drink that time.
 
#12
I haven't heard of this effect tho because every time I workout I always starve and will always look for anything to chum until I started to control my food intake. However, I still felt the same after working out. However, I also believe that this may be true for others especially that if you're too focused with something, it decreases your interest for food (i.e. doing some crafts, reading books, watching a good film, and etc.).
 
#13
This is an important reminder! I think like anything in life, going to extremes can be dangerous, even if it’s something most people would consider to be healthy and good for you - like exercise! I always try to incorporate rest days into my schedule too...I think that’s very important.
 
#14
I practice calisthenics. No weights nor machines. One of the tips I received was to do a few exercises until failure.
For example, I do push-ups until I cannot do another push-up. Same for planks and squats etc. Like the diet itself,
it's about discipline. They complement each other.
In regards to hunger, if you follow the diet's maxims and the recipes and tips on this site, then hunger becomes nonexistent.
Exercise can help with this. The motivation combination of losing weight and toning your body silences the pangs.
 
#15
Normally I watch really close to how my body reacts to training and whether or not I might be overtraining.
There’s actually no physical or mental benefits to excessive exercise and as a matter of fact, I have found it to be somewhat harmful or a “step backward” to be more precise.

Now, as to whether overtraining affects my appetite, no, I haven’t noticed any difference.
At present, I have my predigested concoction prior to working out, an immediate 6 oz. BCAA based post workout concoction then I do not generally have anything chewable until about 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

By the Bye, I did read the links you provided @Jimmy Swartz and found them to be a wonderful addition to my workout armory.
 
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I haven't heard of this effect tho because every time I workout I always starve and will always look for anything to chum until I started to control my food intake. However, I still felt the same after working out. However, I also believe that this may be true for others especially that if you're too focused with something, it decreases your interest for food (i.e. doing some crafts, reading books, watching a good film, and etc.).
Good point. I think in a way it might suppress our superficial need to snack and eliminate the cravings signal in our brain and also probably it may work and actually make us feel not hungry at all. Although, personally, I worry that after a while if you get used to it or because of the huge rest period you'd need after the extreme exercise you might find yourself just getting so hungry that you end up eating a lot and ruining all you have worked for. Best way to find out for ourselves is to give it a a try though I guess. Maybe I will push myself more next time I go out for a run.
 
#17
Attempting to drive your body to lose more calories by practicing excessively is neither compelling nor effective. Lifting weights and doing cardio exercise a few times each day or even a week is a practical system for keeping up metabolic rate amid weight reduction.
 
#18
There should be a limit to what you can put yourself through when it comes to exercises. Normally, I don't feel hungry whenever I'm working out except thirsty. This is the reason why I always take lots of fluids with me to the gym anytime I'm working out. A maximum of 2 hours workout is my daily routine.
 
#19
"Exercise may lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite in the short term, while raising levels of peptide YY, a hormone that suppresses appetite" this is a proves fact actually from a study conducted and it shows that indeed one can be affected at least on the short term by intense physical training. I will research further about what happens after excessive exercising.
 
#20
The word excessive for me is a negative one. So in my opinion it is wrong doing an exercise so much. Especially when you are on a diet. Just keep everything on moderate. Remember, your health is the priority here.
 
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