British Journal of Nutrition

Human and Clinical Nutrition

Acute effects of exercise on energy intake and feeding behaviour

Pascal Imbeaulta1, Sylvie Saint-Pierrea1, Natalie AlméRasa1 and Angelo Tremblaya1

a1 Physical Activity Sciences Laboratory, Lava1 University, Ste-Foy (Québec), Canada, GIK 7P4


The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the short-term effects of exercise of different intensities on energy intake. Eleven young men were submitted to three randomly assigned sessions (one control and two exercise sessions) in which they ate, ad libitum, foods from a buffet-type meal. The energy cost of exercise was the same in the two exercise sessions. Results showed that there was no significant change in post-exercise subjective levels of hunger and fullness as well as total energy and macronutrient intakes in comparison with the control session. However, when energy intake relative to expenditure was considered by subtracting the surplus of energy expended during exercise from total energy intake, high-intensity exercise exerted a greater reducing effect on this variable compared with the control and low-intensity exercise sessions. These results suggest that for a given level of energy expenditure, high-intensity exercise favours negative energy balance to a greater extent than low-intensity exercise.

(Received February 02 1996)

(Revised June 04 1996)

(Accepted July 10 1996)