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Exercise and Energy Intake (EI)
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Exercise & Energy Intake (EI)

Exercise & Weight Loss
To know how effective exercise could be in helping people to lose weight or to prevent weight gain, it is important to understand how exercise effects energy intake (EI). The common sense view that an exercise-induced energy deficit will drive EI probably originates from two sources. Firstly from the theory of homeostasis, suggesting that changes in energy expenditure (EE) will be automatically compensated for by EI, and secondly from empirical evidence showing that a dietary-induced energy deficit is compensated for by an increase in EI. Therefore, some people believe that exercise will be futile for weight control since any energy expended in exercise will be automatically compensated for by a corresponding increase in (EI).

Exercise & Appetite Control
An examination of the relationship between exercise and appetite control shows that most studies demonstrate that EI does not immediately rise after exercise. The evidence suggests that the processes of exercise-induced EE and EI do not appear to be tightly linked. Therefore, in theory, exercise should be very useful in helping to bring about weight loss, and even more importantly, in preventing weight gain or weight re-gain. However, misconceptions about exercise (i.e. amount of energy used) and food (energy value ingested) could potentially have a negative influence on the impact of exercise on weight control.

Neil King, School of Psychology, University of Leeds.

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