Obesity & Diabetes

How to Lose Weight & Decrease Appetite

Summary: Think that exercise works up an appetite and leads to weight gain? Think again say researchers out of Brigham Young University.

There are many TrekDesk Treadmill Desk users who have reported weight loss in excess of 50 pounds in a single year. The main reason for their weight loss, it was always believed, was due to the increase in calorie burn by walking slowly throughout the day versus sitting in a chair. TrekDesk users burn approximately 6-7x more calories than their sedentary counterparts. However, new research from Brigham Young University shows an additional benefit to walking while working: appetite suppression.


BYU professors James LeCheminant and Michael Larson evaluated the neural responses of 35 women to images of food during mornings when engaged in exercise and mornings without exercise. They discovered an interesting phenomena contrary to popular wisdom. The women’s “attentional response” to food diminished on the mornings when they were engaged in exercise.


The study published in this month’s issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise involved 18 normal weight women and 17 women defined as clinically obese over a period of two days. Their exercise levels were gauged after 45 minutes of brisk walking on a treadmill and compared to days when they were inactive using an EEG monitoring their reactions to images of food. The mornings where the women were engaged in exercise led to lower appetites for food and equally important increased levels of physical activity the rest of the day.


Another surprising result of the study was that the subjects did not consume more calories on the days that they were more physically active. “This has been shown previously in studies that have shown appetite suppression due to exercise’s effect on hormones secreted which lower an individual’s appetite,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “The hallmark of this study is that it shows a neural response in addition to hormonal indicators that led to lower levels of appetite. The central message is to keep the body moving to stay healthy and achieve an optimal weight.”