Simply stand to lose weight

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London, Dec 31 (UNI) Just as you are going to resolve to lose weight in the New Year, here is a piece of advice-- Simply stand to lose weight.

Studies have shown that the sheer effort of standing upright could help you lose those extra calories.

This comes as welcome news for those who break into a sweat at the mere thought of going to the gym or for that matter doing any form of rigorous exercise.

Researchers now say that gentle activity such as pacing around while talking on the phone or tidying cupboards while watching television could help one keep fit.

Professor Marc Hamilton of the University of Missouri, said, ''If you stand up, you are much more likely to end up pacing or pottering around and that seems to make a crucial difference.'' In a series of studies, he showed that enzymes responsible for breaking down fat are suppressed when a person is sitting rather than standing, leading to fat being stored, rather than burned off.

Given that few of us exercise vigorously every day, pottering could make an important contribution to a person's weight and fitness, the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

He added, ''The lifestyle change we're studying is unlike exercise because it does not require that people squeeze an extra hour into their day and get sweaty at the gym, but instead improve the quality of what they are already doing.'' UNI

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