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Standing for Six Hours a Day May Help People Lose Weight

Prolonged sitting has been linked to the obesity epidemic, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A recent study suggests that standing for six hours a day may help prevent weight gain and help with weight loss.


For this analysis, researchers examined data from 46 studies with a total of 1,184 participants. The participants had an average age of 33, an average BMI of 24 kg/m2, and weighed an average 143 lbs.


After examining the data, the researchers found that standing burned 0.15 more calories per minute than standing. As a result, a 143 lb. person could expect to burn an extra 54 calories per day by standing for six hours instead of sitting. That adds up to 5.5 lbs. of body fat mass over the course of one year and 22 lbs. over the course of four years.


The researcher theorize that energy expenditure may be even greater than that seen in this study, as the participants in these studies were standing still, whereas most people make small, unconscious movements while standing.


Researchers from the Mayo Clinic conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on January 31, 2018, in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.


Previous studies suggest that standing instead of sitting may help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

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