MINNESOTA – Now, an international team of scientists has found that standing for six hours instead of sitting could help you lose weight.
In recent years it has been shown that sedentary habits contribute to obesity, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The conclusions of this research are published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, in a study led by Mexican Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, head of the section of Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
This work examined, in particular, whether standing up burns more calories than sitting, according to testing at the European Society of Cardiology and Mayo Clinic.
To do this, the researchers, including a scientist at the Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid, who analysed the results of 46 studies with 1,184 participants.
The works examined were from different populations and not limited to people with obesity: their average weight was 65 kilograms, the average age was 33 years and 60 percent men.
Scientists found that standing up burns 0.15 kilo-calories per minute more than sitting; thus, if a person weighing 65 kilos and stands for six hours per day, he would loose an additional 54 kilo-calories each day.
Assuming that food intake does not increase, this would be equivalent to 2.5 kilograms in a year and 10 kilograms in four years, the study researchers said.
“Standing not only burn more calories, but muscle activity is also related to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes”, stated Lopez-Jimenez, who points out: the benefits of standing could be the alternative to help control weight.
These benefits – standing and losing weight – could be even greater than what is detailed here: the participants, when standing, stayed still, while in real life people when they get up from the chair make small movements.
“Our results may be underestimated because when people stand up they tend to make spontaneous movements like swinging from one foot to the other, taking small steps forward or backward.”
The work also found that the calories burned by men are double those of women; Lopez-Jimenez explained to Conspiracy Talk News reporter via email, that this is probably due to the size of the men who are generally older, along with a greater muscle mass (both determine the amount of calories burned).
This study notes the benefits of standing – six hours – compared to sitting.
However more research is still needed to show whether replacing the chair with standing is fully effective and to check whether standing during Long periods have long-term health implications.
The consequences are not yet known, said the Mexican researcher, who added: there is the potential risk of varicose or venous insufficiency, dizziness and even fainting due to standing still and possibly joint pain.
“However, in real life a person who is standing longer tends to move more than the one who is sitting, so I do not think that these potential risks appear, which will also be compensated by moving during the day.”