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

  • Alicia Tavares da Silva Gomes
  • Ursula Ferreira Julio
  • Monica Yuri Takito
  • Elaine Domingues Alves
  • David H. Fukuda
  • Emerson Franchini
  • Valéria Leme Gonçalves Panissa
Original Article



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.


High-intensity exercise Appetite Food behavior Affective response Energy deficit 



Rating of perceived exertion


Maximal aerobic power


High-intensity intermittent exercise


Steady-state exercise

\( \dot{V}{\rm O}_2 {\rm peak} \)

Peak oxygen uptake



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).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest relating to the publication of this manuscript.

Ethical approval

All procedures were approved by institutional ethic review of the School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Informed consent

All subjects provided written informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicia Tavares da Silva Gomes
    • 1
  • Ursula Ferreira Julio
    • 1
  • Monica Yuri Takito
    • 1
  • Elaine Domingues Alves
    • 1
  • David H. Fukuda
    • 2
  • Emerson Franchini
    • 1
    • 3
  • Valéria Leme Gonçalves Panissa
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Physical Education and SportUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Institute of Exercise Physiology and Wellness, Sport and Exercise ScienceUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  3. 3.Australian Institute of SportCanberraAustralia

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