Walk More, Hunger Less with A Treadmill Desk
Research at the University of Campinas Exercise in Brazil has uncovered that exercise triggers neurons in the brain which make one feel full and actually reduced appetites in study participants.
Scientists have speculated that excessive consumption of fats breaks down neuron transmissions that would otherwise control satiety in the hypothalamus of the brain. These breakdowns would in turn contribute to a less controlled response towards food intake. Simply stated this misconnection would be one of the root causes of over eating.
"In obese animals, exercise increased IL-6 and IL-10 protein levels in the hypothalamus, and these molecules were crucial for increasing the sensitivity of the most important hormones, insulin and leptin, which control appetite," stated Jose Barreto C. Carvalheira, lead researcher.
Weight gain has often been attributed to calories expended vs. calories consumed however this research has shown that not all individuals have the same abilities of controlling their intake due to a break down in the brains ability to control appetite.
“This research is important for a variety of reasons,” states Steve Bordley of TrekDesk.com. “First it firmly establishes that exterior influences, which at times are not in an individual's control (e.g. sedentary desk jobs), can lead to chronic over eating and obesity. However, the positive side of the coin is that the research shows conclusively that exercise throughout the day could have a dramatic impact on hunger and calorie consumption, leading to eventual weigh loss and control.”