Effect of resistance exercise on postprandial lipemia

Darby S. Petitt*, Sigurbjörn Á Arngrímsson, Kirk J. Cureton

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of resistance exercise on postprandial lipemia. Fourteen young men and women participated in each of three treatments: 1) control (Con), 2) resistance exercise (RE), and 3) aerobic exercise (AE) estimated to have an energy expenditure (EE) equal that for RE. Each trial consisted of performing a treatment on day 1 and ingesting a fat-tolerance test meal 16 h later (day 2). Resting metabolic rate and fat oxidation were measured at baseline and at 3 and 6 h postprandial on day 2. Blood was collected at baseline and at 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 h after meal ingestion. RE and AE were similar in EE [1.7 ± 0.1 vs. 1.6 ± 0.1 (SE) MJ, respectively], as measured by using the Cosmed K4b2. Baseline triglycerides (TG) were significantly lower after RE than after Con (19%) and AE (21%). Furthermore, the area under the postprandial response curve for TG, adjusted for baseline differences, was significantly lower after RE than after Con (14%) and AE (18%). Resting fat oxidation was significantly greater after RE than after Con (21%) and AE (28%). These results indicate that resistance exercise lowers baseline and postprandial TG, and increases resting fat oxidation, 16 h after exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-700
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2003

Other keywords

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Energy expenditure
  • Triglycerides
  • Weight lifting


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