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Standing instead of sitting several hours a day helps weight loss


You could stand to lose a few pounds — and that’s science, not side-eye.

A new Mayo Clinic study found that standing instead of sitting six hours a day could help people shed more than five pounds a year.

In the study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers analyzed 46 studies with 1,184 male and female participants who, on average, were 33 years old and weighed 143 pounds. About 60% of subjects were men.

On average, standing burned .15 more calories a minute than sitting. Chalk that up to Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), which refers to calories burned during typical daily activities — not working out.

If food intake stayed constant, people who stood for several hours a day instead of chair-surfing could lose up to 5.5 pounds a year.

If you're looking to burn more calories, sitting at work isn't as effective as standing.

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“Standing for long periods of time for many adults may seem unmanageable, especially those who have desk jobs, but, for the person who sits for 12 hours a day, cutting sitting time to half would give great benefits,” said Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, senior author and chair of preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic.

Standing at work not only burns more calories and battles the bulge. Additional muscle activity has other perks such as lower rates of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

Before you trade in your conventional desk and bombard human relations, researchers caution that more study is needed to gauge the health impact of standing for extended periods.