Fidgeting: The Natural Weight Loss Diet

By: Jill Miller

It's now official. The simple act of fidgeting can mean thedifference between lean and obese. It's the natural weight lossdiet.

My friend likes to relate a story from time to time about whenhe was just a lad. His grandfather called him "Worm", because hefidgeted so much. And between you and me, it can get ratherannoying.

But he had the right idea, even if it wasn't intentional. He's5'8" tall and weighs around 145 lbs.

To my knowledge, he doesn't work out, jog, or go to the gym. Hefidgets. When we visit, I watch him twist and turn, tap his feetin the air, get up and down from the chair and walk around. It'senough to drive you crazy, but his slim physique speaks volumes.

I've always believed that fidgeting is a result of a fastmetabolism, so he naturally burns more calories, producingnatural weight loss. But I also believe that fidgeting can belearned. Of course that's all we need, more people to drive uscrazy!

Now there's a study to confirm what I've always believed. Adetailed study conducted of mundane bodily movements found thatobese people tend to be much less fidgety than lean people andspend at least two hours more each day just sitting still. Theextra motion by lean people is enough to burn about 350 extracalories a day, which could add up to 10 to 20 pounds a year.

"There are these absolutely staggering differences betweenpeople who are lean and people who are obese," said James Levineof the Mayo Clinic, who led the research. "The amount of thislow-grade activity is so substantial that it could, in and ofitself, account for obesity quite easily."

Here are some things you could try.

* When a commercial come on TV, get up and stretch or betteryet, move around. Just avoid the kitchen.

* Wriggle your toes and your fingers whenever you can. This willalso tell you how sore they are and if their condition is sobad, just think of the rest of your body.

* Tap your feet in the air. Think of an upbeat song and tapalong. This helps get your blood flowing.

* Do things like fetching, turning things off and on byyourself. Often when we come back tired from work, we tend toget others to do simple chores for us. These things are no bigdeal. They are things that we can very well do for our selvesbut we don't.

* When talking on the phone, get up and pace. Just vary yourwalking area. You don't want to wear a path in your carpet.

* Try breathing exercises. You might be surprised to know thatbreathing exercises too can lead to weight loss. If you aredoing the breathing exercises properly, you will find that youcan exert a lot of pressure on the muscles around the midsection. You can feel a tightening of these muscles each timeyou breathe in or breathe out. So go ahead and breathe properly,it is good for you.

* Do not slouch in your chair, but try to maintain an erectposture with your tummy tucked in. Slouching is a very badhabit. Not only is it bad for your back but it also gives you avery flabby figure. It is your way of saying yes to acomfortable, weight-gaining pose. Make it a point to always sitas erect as you can. It is also a terrific way to ward off backproblems.

Fidgeting isn't a cure-all for obesity, but if you're physicallyunable or just too plain lazy to eat right and workout, it's agreat start.

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