How to spend more calories

In order to maintain a healthy weight, do not eat more than you can spend. American scientists have offered an incredibly simple advice on how you can spend more calories without having to change much in your life.

While walking, you can spend more calories, say scientists from the University of Ohio. How? Walk should have different speeds. Thus, the body spent 20 percent more energy than if you walk with the same pace. With up to 8 percent of the energy consumed by walking in one day and can be spend if we stop and back start the walk. Therefore, we should change the rhythm of walking, often stop and start to walk again.

Wrong is thinking that walking is too easy activity

People underestimate the number of calories that can be consumed by walking. You can spend even more if you don’t take shortcuts, wear a backpack and have some weights on your shoes. Until now, the studies of walk were always made based on a constant speed. Someone measured, what is the metabolic consumption when changing the speed of walking. This is important because people in their everyday life do not walk on a treadmill. They also stop when for a red traffic light etc.

Fact that we don’t consider

We learned that a change of speed when walking increases our energy consumption. Each variation in speed means higher energy consumption, the fact that it does not take into account, for example, when comparisons indicate how much energy is consumed in 10 minutes of walking or running or playing tennis. Changing the speed requires that your legs do a little more work, and consumes more energy.

In the study case, people were walking on a treadmill; while one group was constantly working with the same speed, the other group changed the speed of walk according to the instructions.

In one experiment, – interesting – also found that people walk more slowly when they have in front of them a short way, and walk faster if there is in front of them longer way. This is a useful finding for physiotherapy, which measure the progress made in the relatively short distances which means that it is not verified how the patient react, if he is imposed with a heavier task.