According to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology, Limiting access to food increases levels of the hormone, ghrelin. Which may also increase motivation to exercise or to indulge in physical activities.
WHAT DOES STUDY SUGGEST ON IT?
The study suggests that a increase in levels of Ghrelin, the hunger promoting hormone, prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise or provided motivation to exercise after a period of fasting.
These findings indicate that- a diet control or better diet programme like limiting the food intake to only at the mealtimes or intermittent fasting, can help people with weight issues. The overweight one’s to maintain an effective exercise routine which can lead to weight loss. The reduction of risk of complications such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr Yuji Tajiri and colleagues from Kurume University School of Medicine in Japan, conducted an experiment. Studied the relationship between exercise and ghrelin levels in mice.
One set of mice were given free access to food throughout the day. Whe others were given food twice a day. The amount of food given was same for both sets of mice, but the mice having free access were running less on the wheel than those given food twice a day. The set of mice that were found running more were voluntarily doing so.
On this Dr. Tajiri says “Our findings suggest that hunger, which promotes ghrelin production, may also be involved in increases motivation to exercise voluntarily, when feeding is limited. Therefore, maintaining a healthy eating routine, with regular mealtimes or fasting, could also encourage motivation for exercise in overweight people.”
However, Dr Tajiri also cautions. “These findings indicate that- a diet control or better diet programme like limiting the food intake to only at the mealtimes or intermittent fasting can help people a lot . It can help the overweight one’s to maintain an effective exercise routine which can lead to weight lass. And, it also leads to the reduction of risk of complications such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Tajiri and his team are now planning on running more experiments to study the case in humans and to confirm if the results are the same or they vary. Also, the experiments will focus on characterizing how ghrelin acts in the brain to produce a motivation to exercise or eat . And to explore any potential real-world, clinical benefits for the treatment and prevention of obesity.