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What are the "hormonal benefits" of exercise re weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I've heard people say that the point of exercise isn't to lose weight, that people often get hungry when they do lots of cardio in particular and replace those calories they burned in their next meal. That sounds right to me. The benefit, people say, about exercise is that it sets up the hormonal conditions for losing weight.

What does that mean, "sets up the hormonal conditions?"

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Depending on the type of exercise, but it makes your body more 'insulin' (a hormone) sensitive which allows it to handle carbohydrates better (carbs being the main cause of fat gain)... and it stimulates 'growth hormone'which helps your muscles get bigger and more adapted to the activity you are doing, and it can help stimulate 'testosterone' release which further helps to increase muscle growth and adaptation among a host of other things.

This is definitely a simplistic approach to this as there are tons of hormones involved that I don't think the scientific community completely understands yet.

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