If you thought a brisk walk or a strenuous jog can leave you with a ravenous appetite, then a shocking new study says that lazing around all day is the sure-fire way to get that stomach rumbling! Because according to researchers, from Massachusetts and Missouri Universities, sitting increases hunger. In a study, billed as 'the first to examine whether too much sitting alters our perception of hunger', the researchers monitored the appetite of young men and women asked to be active or inactive for a day at a time. During active days, the volunteers spent 12 hours on the go. Although they did not take part in any sports, they walked and did housework and could only sit down for 10 minutes in every hour, reports the Daily Telegraph. During the 'lazy' days, they spent their time sitting down, watching videos and playing on computers. If they wanted to go somewhere, they were pushed there in a wheelchair. During the whole process, the scientists counted the calories eaten by the men and women, who were all fit and lean. The next morning, they were given breakfast and asked how hungry they were before and after the meal. Surprisingly, the couch potatoes felt the hungriest, an American Physiological Society conference heard. They felt up to 17 per cent hungrier before eating and did not feel as full as the others afterwards. The researchers said that although the results were preliminary, they suggested that exercise blunts appetite, while sitting still boosts it. In a warning to couch potatoes everywhere, Dr Barry Braun, of the University of Massachusetts, said: "In addition to reducing energy output, sitting for long periods may increase the perception of hunger. If you are sitting on the couch or at your desk, not only are you not burning calories, it may cause you to want more of them." Source: ANITAN << All About Medical Astrology US Man Sues Doc After Circumcision Operation Got a Little Ou... >> Recommended Reading Aerobic Exercise Linked to Reduced Appetite Want to cut down on all those calories but don't know how? Well, working out might be the answer, for researchers have found that aerobic exercises increase a blood protein that may suppress appetite. READ MORE Decreased Appetite Symptom Evaluation A loss of appetite deprives an individual of essential nutrients and results in weight loss. READ MORE Diet Pills Diet pills are flooding the market by millions. The positive side of diet pills to most people is that they achieve their objective of losing weight. Medical reviews are against the use of diet pills. READ MORE Hungry? - But you Just Ate! Most of us are tempted by good food, mealtime or not. Once in a way is fine but it is dangerous to give into food cravings all the time. READ MORE Increased Appetite Symptom Evaluation An increase in appetite is seen in conditions like bulimia, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and worm infestation. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Donation - Recipients Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Find a Hospital More News on: Diet PillsDecreased Appetite Symptom EvaluationIncreased Appetite Symptom EvaluationHungry? - But you Just Ate!