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Cross talk between physical activity and appetite control: does physical activity stimulate appetite?

Cambridge University Press
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  • 110600 Human Movement And Sports Science
  • Energy Balance
  • Physical Activity
  • Appetite
  • Biology


Physical activity has the potential to modulate appetite control by improving the sensitivity of the physiological satiety signalling system, by adjusting macronutrient preferences or food choices and by altering the hedonic response to food. There is evidence for all these actions. Concerning the impact of physical activity on energy balance, there exists a belief that physical activity drives up hunger and increases food intake, thereby rendering it futile as a method of weight control.

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