Can fidgeting help with weight loss?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT)—that is, ordinary movements that might not normally count as exercise, like fidgeting, walking to the corner store, going upstairs to retrieve your wallet, or even just standing for periods of time—may be one factor that helps separate the lean from the plump. One study that measured NEAT in lean and obese people, all of whom were sedentary and had similar jobs, noted a key difference between the two groups. The obese people sat an average of two-and-a-half hours more per day than their lean counterparts. The lean people stood or walked more than two hours longer each day than their obese counterparts.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
While fidgeting may drive your coworkers and family crazy, drumming your fingers or tapping your feet is a great way to burn calories. Scientists have discovered that “non-exercise activity thermogenesis” can burn 100 calories a day. That’s a fancy way of referring to bouncing your legs while you sit, pacing when you’re on the phone, and so on. All of which adds up to over 10 lost pounds a year!
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