Sitting came in for quite a bashing recently, and suddenly the trendy thing was to stand at work. If you think that’s going to help you lose weight, it may be time to temper those expectations.
A team from the University of Bath in England reported in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise that, while prolonged sitting is indeed bad for a body, replacing it with standing doesn’t burn an appreciable number of calories. Standing while fidgeting, they found, does consume a measurable amount of calories. But not standing still.
Still and all, the researchers said standing has got to be better than sitting, and they suggested that while standing can’t be used as a weight loss strategy, it may be helpful in keeping off weight that’s been shed some other way.