Standing desks are no better: scientists reveal that gadget users burn only nine calories more than their seated colleagues
- Workers would need to stand for 20 hours to burn their morning milk
- Researchers in the United States have said that standing is unlikely to reduce waistlines
- The counters are becoming more popular for reducing the sedentary lifestyle
They have long been acclaimed as an increase in productivity among sedentary employees, helping them to lose weight.
But scientific research has now revealed that standing pews are no better for you – and they will not help you in your battle against the bulge.
One trial found that employees at their desks lose only nine calories more than their seated colleagues.
The researchers revealed that this was the equivalent of a single stalk of celery.
Scientific research has now revealed that standing pews are no better for you – and they will not help you in your battle against the bulge
Workers who aim to burn milk in the morning should withstand an average of 20 hours to see the results, scientists have calculated.
Exercise is a better way to burn calories, according to doctors at the University of Bath and Westmont College in California.
The researchers, led by dr. Javier Gonzales, have tested the resting metabolic rates of 46 healthy men and women.
The participants were then asked to lie down, sit down or stand up before taking the expired gas measurements.
This is to allow the team to assess how many calories the participants burned during the activity.
One trial found that employees at their desks lose only nine calories more than their seated colleagues. The researchers said that this was the equivalent of a single stalk of celery
HOW MANY CALORIES DO I NEED EVERY DAY?
The basic amount of calories that an average adult needs per day is 2,000 kcal for women or 2,500 kcal for men.
This is based on the amount of energy the body needs to perform basic functions and to walk and work during the day.
People who do a lot of exercise need to eat more calories to feed their efforts, and young people and children also burn more energy.
If you eat more calories than you burn in a day, you will become more fat.
Eating less calories than those burned will make you lose weight.
Foods that are processed and have high levels of carbohydrates, sugars and salt have a higher calorie count than fresh fruit and vegetables.
Examples of caloric counts include:
- A Mac Mac McDonald's contains 508 kcal
- A two-finger KitKat contains 106 kcal
- A banana contains 95 kcal
- An apple contains 47 kcal
Professor Gregg Afman, one of the researchers, said he burns up to 0.65 kg (0.2 calories) per minute more than the session.
He pointed to a series of tests that showed that the standing desks did nothing but stand up to two hours a day.
Professor Afman said, "This limited period of time would cause a person to spend less than 20 extra calories each day."
The results were published in the scientific journal Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise.
The dott. Gonzales described the increase in the cost of energy between standing and sitting as "very small".
On the back of the study, he added that staying at work is "unlikely to affect our waistlines significantly".
Standing uses more muscles to support weight when seated, the authors said, and therefore should cost more energy.
Standing desks are becoming increasingly common in the workplace, amid fears that our increasingly sedentary lifestyle might send us to an early grave.
Those who spend more than six hours each day are more at risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, according to research.
The most healthy solution for many was to invest in a workstation with a workstation, with a standing desk that cost between £ 200 and £ 1,000.
The dott. González said: "Many people are becoming aware of the negative health effects of a prolonged session and therefore can opt for standing stands.
"These people should be aware of the fact that while there are still some health benefits to stay more, they should not expect to see drastic changes in their body weight.
"To lose weight, people should focus on increasing physical activity and focusing on their diet".
It comes after the Health Sectretary in the UK last month said workers should stay at their desk and hold stand-up meetings to increase their levels of exercise.
Matt Hancock said he had his stand-up desk and encouraged standing meetings where possible, partly because they did not last long.