Skipping beats cycling at suppressing appetite, researchers find

That explains the mid-ride cake stop, then... but both more effective at fighting hunger than just sitting around

by Simon_MacMichael   February 24, 2013  

Paris-Brest (picture Dainee Ranaweera, Wikimedia Commons)

In news that may provide a partial explanation for cyclists’ fondness for cake during a mid-ride café stop, researchers in Japan have discovered that skipping is more effective than riding a bike at suppressing hunger pangs.

The findings from the study carried out by researchers at Waseda University have been published in the journal Appetite, reports the website of the Australian magazine, Women’s Fitness.

The academics who conducted the study believe that the explanation partly lies in the fact that skipping is a weight-bearing activity that exercises the muscles and joints more so than a non-weight bearing one such as cycling.

It is also thought that the vigorous up-and-down movement in activities such as skipping or running had the effect of interfering with hormones that regulate appetite.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the associations many have with exercise working up a hunger, both skipping and cycling were found to suppress appetite more than simply doing nothing. Best keep that bowl of tortilla chips away from the sofa, then.

The researchers studied the effects of different activities on fifteen participants, who fastest for 12 hours before being subject to three separate tests.

In the first, they used a skipping rope for five minutes, took ten minutes’ rest, then repeated the sequence another two times, after which they rested for two hours.

The subjects then did the same with the exercise involving a static bicycle rather than a skipping rope, and the third phase of the experiment involved them resting for two and a half hours.

During the experiment, the participants made notes of how hungry they were feeling, while researchers tested them for levels of the hormones that govern appetite.

"The suppression of hunger during rope skipping was greater than that during the bicycle exercise, despite the similar energy expenditure between them," explained the researchers.

"This suggests weight-bearing exercise may induce greater suppression of appetite than non-weight bearing."

13 user comments

Oldest firstNewest firstBest rated

15 participants - big sample then!

posted by Moylj1 [8 posts]
24th February 2013 - 21:49

7 Likes

So if you want to suppress your appetite find some cobbles then Thinking

giff77's picture

posted by giff77 [1064 posts]
24th February 2013 - 22:13

8 Likes

Moylj1 wrote:
15 participants - big sample then!

Maybe they ran out of cake Big Grin

Simon_MacMichael's picture

posted by Simon_MacMichael [8422 posts]
24th February 2013 - 23:01

5 Likes

They must have been really bored, still prefer cycling to "skipping"

posted by northstar [1110 posts]
25th February 2013 - 0:31

5 Likes

Can't say I've ever cycled to suppress my appetite. I find it has quite the opposite effect!

posted by bohrhead [52 posts]
25th February 2013 - 7:57

7 Likes

Oh to be a researcher with a grant to study the bleeding obvious. It must be such a cushy gig, finding evidence that activities which involve jumping up and down might make you slightly more queasy, and therefore less interested in scarfing down solid food, than an activity that mostly involves sitting down but expending lots of energy.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
25th February 2013 - 8:25

7 Likes

bohrhead wrote:
Can't say I've ever cycled to suppress my appetite. I find it has quite the opposite effect!

I actually cycle because I want to eat more cake...

posted by guidob [57 posts]
25th February 2013 - 8:55

5 Likes

I had a period of running regularly a few years ago, training 5 days from 7, wih at least one minimum 10-15k run. The weight fell off me. I also ended up with ankle injury that even now can make hard walking a challenge and painful. Sticking to the bike, a bit heavier. Probably all the Latte and cake!

Doc

posted by doc [167 posts]
25th February 2013 - 9:47

7 Likes

It might supress it when you are riding but I for one make up for it when I've finished

Get out and ride

posted by davidtcycle [62 posts]
25th February 2013 - 10:48

6 Likes

guidob wrote:
bohrhead wrote:
Can't say I've ever cycled to suppress my appetite. I find it has quite the opposite effect!

I actually cycle because I want to eat more cake...

Sick 2nd!

posted by bfslxo [128 posts]
25th February 2013 - 13:22

8 Likes

bfslxo wrote:
guidob wrote:
bohrhead wrote:
Can't say I've ever cycled to suppress my appetite. I find it has quite the opposite effect!

I actually cycle because I want to eat more cake...

Sick 2nd!

and I will add another to that!

Racer 074 for the 2014 Transcontinental Race; 2,000 miles from London to Istanbul.

http://themartincox.co.uk/2014/03/racer-074-transcontinental-race-2014/

posted by themartincox [377 posts]
25th February 2013 - 13:49

5 Likes

This appetite suppression effect occurs during and shortly after intense exercise. Would there be any suppression of appetite overall? I doubt it. Cycling certainly doesn't suppress my appetite. Now, where did I put that banana?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1372 posts]
25th February 2013 - 15:31

4 Likes

doc wrote:
I had a period of running regularly a few years ago, training 5 days from 7, wih at least one minimum 10-15k run. The weight fell off me. I also ended up with ankle injury that even now can make hard walking a challenge and painful. Sticking to the bike, a bit heavier. Probably all the Latte and cake!

Doc,

May I respectfully point out that you must only drink espresso when engaged in cycling. It will help keep the weight off too.

#56 Espresso or Macchiato only

When wearing cycling kit and enjoying a pre or post ride coffee, it is only appropriate to drink espresso or macchiato. If the word soy/skim latte is heard to be used by a member wearing cycling apparel, then that person must be ceremonially beaten with Co2 canisters or mini pumps by others within the community.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [325 posts]
25th February 2013 - 22:58

5 Likes