Want to burn 100 calories the easy way? Study says hot bath can do the same as 30-minute walk. Much nicer, of course.
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Losing weight effortlessly is the dream of everyone who lives on a diet.
Now a new study has found that this is possible.
According to research from the universities of Leicester and Loughborough (England), a soak in the bathtub burns an average of 126 calories per hour.
It may seem little, but it's the equivalent of a 30-minute walk.
The discovery came by chance, and came when researchers were investigating alternatives to control type 2 diabetes.
In the study, an experiment was conducted with 10 volunteers, none of them sports practitioners.
All bathed in a 40 ° C soaking tub while using a glucose monitor to record changes in blood sugar levels over the next 24 hours.
The same participants also pedaled on another day with an intensity that increased their body temperature by 1 ° C to coincide with what happened during the bathing session.
As a result, when bathed with hot water, participants had, on average, 10% lower glucose peaks compared to what was measured when they exercised.
According to Dr. Steve Faulkner, one of the study's authors, "blood sugar rises after a meal and is one of the risk markers of type 2 diabetes."
“Keeping it low can be good for our health,” he concluded in an interview with the British newspaper. Daily mail.
While the finding is interesting, scientists point out that increased physical activity must be encouraged as the best way to maintain good health.