Attenuation of Post-Exercise Energy Intake Following 12 Weeks of Sprint Interval Training in Men and Women with Overweight

Natalya J. Beer, Ben Jackson, James A. Dimmock, Kym J. Guelfi

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An acute bout of sprint interval training (SIT) performed with psychological need-support incorporating autonomy, competence, and relatedness has been shown to attenuate energy intake at the post-exercise meal, but the long-term effects are not known. The aim of this trial was to investigate the effects of 12 weeks of SIT combined with need-support on post-exercise food consumption. Thirty-six physically inactive participants with overweight and obesity (BMI: 29.6 ± 3.8 kg·m−2; VO2peak 20.8 ± 4.1 mL·kg−1·min−1 ) completed three sessions per week of SIT (alternating cycling for 15 s at 170% VO2peak and 60 s at 32% VO2peak ) with need-support or traditional moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) without need-support (continuous cycling at 60%.VO2peak). Assessments of appetite, appetite-related hormones, and ad libitum energy intake in response to acute exercise were conducted pre-and post-intervention. Fasting appetite and blood concentrations of active ghrelin, leptin, and insulin did not significantly differ between groups or following the training. Post-exercise energy intake from snacks decreased significantly from pre-(807 ± 550 kJ) to post-SIT (422 ± 468 kJ; p < 0.05) but remained unaltered following MICT. SIT with psychological need-support appears well-tolerated in a physically inactive population with overweight and offers an alternative to traditional exercise prescription where dietary intake is of concern.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1362
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


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