The researchers collected blood before, during, and three hours after the exercise affects your appetite. The experiment to look for changes in hormones associated to hunger and asked participants how hungry they felt. They also allowed everyone to serve themselves to an open buffet meal of lasagna, salad, buns, drink, and strawberry poundcake, while unobtrusively measuring how much food everyone ate.

The researchers next analysed hormones, appetite, and actual eating and discovered strange disconnects. People’s hormones varied in ways that may be predicted to lessen their cravings after each exercise session. However, the study’s participants did not report feeling less hungry – or hungrier – after their exercises compared to when they sat. And whether they worked out or not, they ate roughly the same amount at lunch, approximately 950 calories worth of lasagna and other buffet delicacies.

According to Tanya Halliday, an assistant professor of health and kinesiology at the University of Utah, who led the new study, the findings suggest that, at the very least, brisk walking or light weight lifting may not affect our subsequent eating as much as “other factors,” such as the aroma and oozing gustatory delights of lasagna (or buttery rolls or pie). People’s doing exercise affects your appetite hunger and hormones may have reduced somewhat after their exercises, but this had little influence on how much they ate afterwards.

Still, she claims that exercising burns calories — roughly 300 every session. That was fewer than the approximately 1,000 calories the volunteers ingested on average during lunch, but it was hundreds more than they consumed while they sat. She believes that this distinction will help her lose weight over time.

It examined a single session of moderate, short exercise performed by a couple dozen out-of-shape volunteers. People who train out on a regular basis or who conduct more severe activities may react differently. Researchers will need to perform additional research, particularly those with more varied populations and those lasting a longer length of time.

Even now, the discoveries have a delicate, apple-pie charm. “People should not be scared that if they exercise, they will overeat,” Dr. Halliday suggests. And, she added, “Thanksgiving is just one day” and will have no long-term impact on your weight. So, eat anything you want during the feast and have fun. Dr. Halliday also suggested, if possible, going for a walk or participating in a Turkey Trot with your family and friends beforehand — not to dull your appetite, but to strengthen your social relationships and be glad to be moving ahead together.