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Diet- but not exercise-induced iso-energetic deficit induces compensatory appetitive responses


Although physical exercise and dietary restriction can be both used to induce energy deficits, they have been suggested to favor different compensatory appetitive responses. While dietary restriction might favor increased subsequent energy intake and appetite sensations, such compensatory responses have not been observed after a similar deficit by exercise. The present work provides a first overview of the actual evidences discussing the effects of iso-energetic deficits induced by exercise versus dietary restriction on subsequent energy intake, appetite sensations, and on the potentially involved hedonic and physiological mechanisms.

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Fig. 1: Appetitive (subsequent energy intake, appetite sensations, food reward, and appetite-related hormones) responses to iso-energetic energy deficits induced either by dietary restriction (Def-EI) or exercise (Def-EX), compared to a control condition (CON).


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Jams King was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care. David Thivel is supported by the French National University Institute (IUF° throught his 2017–2021 Junior affiliation.

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Thivel, D., Metz, L., Julian, V. et al. Diet- but not exercise-induced iso-energetic deficit induces compensatory appetitive responses. Eur J Clin Nutr 75, 1425–1432 (2021).

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