MY FITNESS PAL—There’s this nasty rumor that exercise won’t help you lose weight. The more you work out, the more you’ll eat because, well, you need to rebuild those muscles you just broke down. And for some folks that means they deserve a little something extra for the hard effort — like that yummy, pimped-out burrito you ordered on Seamless.
While this scenario might sound familiar (hello, Tuesday night), new science suggests that exercise does not necessarily increase your appetite or make you crave junk food. Conversely, if you skip the run or spin class and choose to cut calories instead, you might end up binge-eating later, reports the new study from Loughborough University published this spring in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.