Energy intake post-exercise is associated with enjoyment independently of exercise intensity



The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of exercise intensity on energy intake post-exercise and its relationship with enjoyment and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) generated by exercise.


For this, nine sedentary overweight men performed high-intensity intermittent exercise and steady-state exercise, totaling 30 min for both exercise sessions, and energy intake post-exercise was evaluated. Rating of perceived exertion and enjoyment scores were also measured immediately post-exercise.


There was no difference in the amount of calories ingested post-exercise between conditions, enjoyment scores and RPE. There was a negative correlation between enjoyment and energy intake (r = − 0.552 [strong]; p = 0.018).


These data demonstrated that independent of exercise intensity, enjoyment scores were related to post-exercise energy intake.

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Rating of perceived exertion


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High-intensity intermittent exercise


Steady-state exercise

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This study was supported by CNPQ (402629/2016-7). Alícia Tavares da Silva Gomes was supported by CNPQ (800585/2016-0). Ursula Ferreira Julio was supported by CNPQ (150549/2016-4). Emerson Franchini was supported by FAPESP (2017/08167-2). Valéria Leme Gonçalves Panissa was supported by FAPESP (2015/11302-3 and 2017/07304-6). Monica Yuri Takito was supported by FAPESP (2017/19280-4). Elaine Domingues Alves was supported by CNPq (133949/2017-6).

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Gomes, A.T.S., Julio, U.F., Takito, M.Y. et al. Energy intake post-exercise is associated with enjoyment independently of exercise intensity. Sport Sci Health 14, 511–516 (2018).

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  • High-intensity exercise
  • Appetite
  • Food behavior
  • Affective response
  • Energy deficit