A new study from PLOS ONE has found that those living at altitude are less likely to be obese than those living closer to sea level.

The research focused on overweight ex-servicemen from the US armed forces. Those found to be living at altitudes of approx. 2000m or above were less likely to become obese compared to those living at under 1000m. The results showed that the risk of becoming obese were nearly halved in those living at higher elevations.

Exposure to hypoxic environments (high altitudes) nukes the hunger-inducing hormone, ghrelin, and encourages the hunger-silencing leptin, allowing for better appetite control.

This new research backs up a study completed in 2010 which found that exposure to altitude aids weight loss after obese subjects were taken to 2650m and allowed to eat whatever they wanted, and only allowed to stroll gently for exercise. In one week, participants lost more than 1.3kg, and maintained the weight loss after returning to a normoxic environment.

Training at 2700-3000m simulated altitude – the elevation of our Trump Street chamber and our Exercise rental systems – induces the same responses as living at natural altitude. Our IHE gives the same benefits as training but being passive (seated, without the need to exercise) makes it perfect for rest days, those who are injured and/ or unable to train intensely.