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Television and Weight Loss

A recent article in Archives of Internal Medicine reported on research that compared the hours of TV watched with calories burned.

Individuals were monitored on the number of hours they watched TV for 3 weeks.  Then part of the participants had their TV time limited to one half of what they had been watching.  Those in the group that reduced their TV time by 50%, burned on average 119 more calories per day.  That may not sound like much, but that is equivalent to a weight loss of 11 pounds over a year.

Bottom Line – When we turn off the TV we fill that time with activity that burns more calories, because we are moving more.  And that’s a good thing.

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