We’ve all heard the negative consequences of a sedentary lifestyle (and if you haven’t, they include obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and early death), but most of us still spend way too much time sitting down—and have the not-so-flat belly to prove it.
In fact, Physical Activity Council report showed that the percent of Americans who participated in high-calorie-burning activities reached an all-time low (with only 29.7 percent participating) in 2017. Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly why sitting is so detrimental to health, but one explanation is that the less we move, the less fuel we require.
So, when our eating habits remain the same, there is a surplus of blood sugar that floods the bloodstream and contributes to diabetes and other weight-related risks. Whether you’re forced to sit for extended periods of time because of your 9-to-5 or you’re just flat-out lazy, a sedentary lifestyle can be one of the things holding you back from your body goals. But it doesn’t have to be—because you can actually burn calories while sitting!
While your job, TV habits, or school-work may impede some of your activity, there are steps you can take to whittle your middle and maintain your health—even while you’re pushing your tush into the cushion. By adopting healthy habits that stimulate your metabolism, boost calorie burn, and stave off overeating, you can still lose weight while you sit.
And even though these tips can help you stick to your weight-loss efforts, remember that exercise still plays a role in maintaining good health, so be sure to incorporate a fitness routine on top of your seated plan. If you choose not to use this advice, your all-day sitting routine is just one of the bad habits that lead to a fat belly.