Monday, April 26, 2010

Cutting Back on the Tube

First of all, I just wanted to say how excited I was about the menu's. I got a lot of responses via comments, but mostly email. I hope it works out for all of you! You will definitely have to tell me how it goes.

So we all have heard that TV is not the best thing we could do for hours on end.
Well, studies are coming out that TV is not only dwindling the brain cells, but also keep some of that weight on that you may be wanting to shed.

The average American sits in front of the TV 5 hours a day. So what would happen if we all turned off the tube? Turns out, we'd be moving around and burning calories, (go figure) a study found out. The televisions of 36 overweight adults were outfitted with a gadget that monitored how long a TV had been on-and which could also switch it off. After 3 weeks, the researches limited some participants to just 50 percent of their normal TV time. Over the next 3 weeks, people forced to turn away from the TV burned an average of 119 more calories a day than viewers left glued to the tube.

This could come to about 12 pounds less body weight over the course of a year. A different study found that watching 4 or more hours of TV a day was associated with a 46 percent greater risk of death than watching less than 2 hours. It's a result that might unnerve even the most dedicated couch potato.

Just something to think about next time you're debating to sit and watch some good TV, or go for a walk outside.

(information source Diabetic Forecast)