The effect of post-exercise drink macronutrient content on appetite and energy intake

David J. Clayton, David J. Stensel, Phillip Watson, Lewis J. James*

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Carbohydrate and protein ingestion post-exercise are known to facilitate muscle glycogen resynthesis and protein synthesis, respectively, but the effects of post-exercise nutrient intake on subsequent appetite are unknown. This study aimed to investigate whether protein induced satiety that has been reported at rest was still evident when pre-loads were consumed in a post-exercise context. Using a randomised, double blind, crossover design, 12 unrestrained healthy males completed 30min of continuous cycling exercise at ~60% VO2peak, followed by five, 3min intervals at ~85% VO2peak. Ten min post-exercise, subjects consumed 500ml of either a low energy placebo (15kJ) (PLA); a 6% whey protein isolate drink (528kJ) (PRO); or a 6% sucrose drink (528kJ) (CHO). Sixty min after drink ingestion, a homogenous ad-libitum pasta lunch was provided and energy intake at this lunch was quantified. Subjective appetite ratings were measured at various stages of the protocol. Energy consumed at the ad-libitum lunch was lower after PRO (5831±960kJ) than PLA (6406±492kJ) (P<0.05), but not different between CHO (6111±901kJ) and the other trials (P>0.315). Considering the post-exercise drink, total energy intake was not different between trials (P=0.383). There were no differences between trials for any of the subjective appetite ratings. The results demonstrate that where post-exercise liquid protein ingestion may enhance the adaptive response of skeletal muscle, this may be possible without affecting gross energy intake relative to consuming a low energy drink.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-179
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy balance
  • Intermittent exercise
  • Pre-load
  • Protein
  • Satiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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