Exercise reverses depressed metabolic rate produced by severe caloric restriction

P. A. Mole, J. S. Stern, C. L. Schultz, E. M. Bernauer, B. J. Holcomb

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The effects of caloric restriction and exercise on resting metabolic rate (RMR) were studied in five obese humans. Subjects consumed a 500 kcal·d-1 diet for 4 wk, with the subjects remaining sedentary during the first 2 wk and then exercising 30 min daily at 60% V̇O(2max) during the last 2 wk of caloric restriction. After 2 wk of dieting, RMR decreased to approximately 87% of the pre-dieting control value. Over the last 2 wk of dieting with the addition of daily exercise, the fall in RMR was reversed as it returned to the pre-dieting level. In summary, daily exercise reversed the drop in RMR associated with severe caloric restriction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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