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The effect of exercise interventions on resting metabolic rate: A systematic review and meta-analysis


MacKenzie-Shalders, K and Kelly, JT and So, D and Coffey, VG and Byrne, NM, The effect of exercise interventions on resting metabolic rate: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Sports Sciences, 38, (14) pp. 1635-1649. ISSN 0264-0414 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02640414.2020.1754716


The systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the effect of aerobic, resistance and combined exercise on RMR (kCal·day-1) and performed a methodological assessment of indirect calorimetry protocols within the included studies. Subgroup analyses included energy/diet restriction and body composition changes. Randomized control trials (RCTs), quasi - RCTs and cohort trials featuring a physical activity intervention of any form and duration excluding single exercise bouts were included. Participant exclusions included medical conditions impacting upon RMR, the elderly (≥65 years of age) or pregnant, lactating or post-menopausal women. The review was registered in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (CRD 42,017,058,503). 1669 articles were identified; 22 were included in the qualitative analysis and 18 were meta-analysed. Exercise interventions (aerobic and resistance exercise combined) did not increase resting metabolic rate (mean difference (MD): 74.6 kCal·day-1[95% CI: -13.01, 161.33], P = 0.10). While there was no effect of aerobic exercise on RMR (MD: 81.65 kCal·day-1[95% CI: -57.81, 221.10], P = 0.25), resistance exercise increased RMR compared to controls (MD: 96.17 kCal·day-1[95% CI: 45.17, 147.16], P = 0.0002). This systematic review effectively synthesises the effect of exercise interventions on RMR in comparison to controls; despite heterogenous methodologies and high risk of bias within included studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:measurement, exercise, metabolism, nutrition, physiology
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Byrne, NM (Professor Nuala Byrne)
ID Code:140388
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-13
Last Modified:2020-09-10

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