Sitting & Belly Fat

19 Apr

The time you spend in a chair, on the sofa, or in a car may affect the size of your belly.

Scientists did MRI scans of 124 people at risk for type 2 diabetes. Each wore an accelerometer for a week. Among those who were inactive (they averaged 13 minutes a day of at least moderate-intensity exercise), each hour of sedentary time per day was linked to an extra 1.9 quarts of abdominal fat. Sedentary time wasn’t linked to belly fat in people who were active (they averaged 40 minutes a day).

What to do: Although this type of study, on its own, can’t prove that sitting on the couch boosts belly fat, it’s one more reason to get out of your seat.

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter March 2018 Obesity 26: 29, 2018

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