A lot of people are now opting for standing desks for their work because they have heard that standing helps with weight loss.
So in this article, we are going to discuss whether it is backed by science that standing helps you lose weight. And if there is evidence how much weight you will lose by shifting to a standing desk and standing for most part of the work at your job?
A recent study conducted by the American Cancer Society has shown that standing lowered the risk of obesity which means that you are less likely to be overweight if you stand a lot during your daytime.
The study was conducted on more than 7,000 patients with different ages and the effect of standing on waist circumference, body mass percentage and body mass index was evaluated.
The results of the study showed that those people who met the criteria of basic guidelines of physical activity and who spent one-quarter of their daily time standing were 57% less likely to be obese. Similarly those who spent three fourth of their time standing were 64 percent less likely to be overweight. The generalized conclusion is that you can improve your chances of fitness by being less sedentary and standing more.
However, if you will count on just standing during the day for losing weight then, you may not see success ever. Another research study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health has shown that you spend only at the maximum 3 more calories while standing when compared with sitting over a period of 15 minutes.
If you really want to lose weight easily, then walking is your tool for that. The same study has shown that walking even at the normal leisurely pace burns 3 times more calories. The participants of the study were able to burn 20 calories during hour hour of sitting and if they stood during that time, then lost only 2 more calories which means that standing for half an hour burns 22 calories.
On the other hand, walking burnt three times more calories and with brisk walk you can burn up to 130 calories over one hour. This calorie difference could be your ticket to staying slim in middle age or when you are a borderline case for obesity.
Standing, however, might help you avoid pains and aches compared with sitting on a desk typing on the keyboard all day. But in order to lose and maintain weight for real, you need to start walking for an hour.
You can do so by taking the stairs where possible, parking your car a bit farther from your destination and walk up. These small interventions will add up and you will feel the difference.