Is exercise effective for weight loss with ad libitum diet? Energy balance, compensation, and gender differences

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2005 Oct;33(4):169-74. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200510000-00004.


Exercise generally results in less weight loss than expected and it is frequently observed that men and women do not respond equally to exercise for weight loss. This may be caused by differences in compensation by other components of energy balance or to differences in the energy expenditure of exercise observed between genders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Weight Loss / physiology*