Saturday, February 25, 2012

New mechanism on how sitting can make you fat!

2-25-12: Conventional wisdom held that the reason people gain weight watching a lot of TV was because they didn't burn a lot of kcals and they tended to eat a lot of kcals while watching TV. Well some new research has now found another reason: the "mechanical stretch load" that is common in sitting or laying down for long periods of time actually stimulate the precursors to fat cells to develop and multiply more rapidly (with kcal intake held constant).

You can read more about the study here. Another reason why you should avoid being a couch potato and hypokinetic disease! For the actual technical article, click on Am J Physiol Cell Physiol October 2011

(A more recent and technical article explaining this can be found Journal of Biomechanics, Jan. 2012)

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