How exercise tells the brain to curb appetite

Surely, I would think, the body will call for a replacement of all the calories burnt while jogging or dancing.

However, the underlying biological mechanisms that are therefore set in motion, and which tell our bodies to secrete fewer of the hormones that drive hunger, have remained uncertain.

But recently, one researcher decided to take steps toward understanding what goes on in the body after a decent workout.

Young-Hwan Jo, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, was intrigued by how his regular 45-minute runs always left him craving less food than usual.

He believed that the fact that body heat goes up during exercise may play a role in signaling to the brain that appetite needs to go down.

Heat sensations lower appetite

When we eat foods that contain hot chili peppers, our body temperature seems to go up, and our appetite decreases. 

That is because chili peppers contain a compound called “capsaicin,” which interacts with sensory receptors (TRPV1 receptors) in the body, bringing about the sensation of being hotTrusted Source and flushed.

Stay Updated
On More Podcast News!