Stephen Cabral, CPT/CSCS is the author of Fatlossity as well as founder and director of FitLife by StephenCabral.com. The Diet.com video contributor has been an active member of the fitness and personal training community for over 10 years. His passion has led him all over the country in pursuit of continuing to further his education, certifications, and health & fitness philosophies.

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Fit Life with Stephen Cabral

by Stephen Cabral, Fitness Professional
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Why Sitting Makes You Fat and What to Do About It

I just read a very interesting study that spelled out exactly why you add so much more body fat when sitting down for most of the day. The study found that the enzyme called “lipase” was responsible.

The problem is that this fat absorbing enzyme “turns off” when you’re seated, so instead of absorbing the circulating fat that is moving around in your blood into your muscles, it is stored as body fat.

Unfortunately, it gets worse…

Circulating fat that isn’t stored can get clogged in your arteries! It was also shown that by sitting down for most of the day your body isn’t utilizing glucose (sugar) properly and as a result you are more prone to adding body fat and potentially getting diabetes or heart disease.

There is good news though!

By taking frequent breaks from your desk you can turn back on your fat absorbing lipase enzymes and better use sugar for energy instead of fat storage.

Here are 5 quick ways to get up more often and burn more fat:

1. Stand up and pace while talking on the phone (burns 60 calories more per hour!)
2. Take a 30 minute walk at lunch to de-stress and burn some fat
3. Take frequent walks away from your desk
4. Stand up at sporting events, your kid’s games, etc
5. Where a pedometer and shoot for 10,000 steps per day!

Like any healthy lifestyle change you make there is going to have to be an adjustment period, but if you just commit yourself to picking any one of the 5 ways above you will be well on your way to burning more fat and increasing your overall health!

Also, if you haven’t watched my free 7-minute video on how to lose 5 pounds in less than 7 days (safely and naturally) I highly recommend you check it out now. It will be up for a limited time on my website:

Have a great day and I hope this new research helped shed some light on why you seem to gain weight so easily while sitting down!

Committed to your success,

Stephen Cabral, CSCS, CPT, NS
Author of Fatlossity, Lose5in7 Weight Loss System
Health Consultant for MTV, NutritionData, Diet.com, Gather, EDGE

@ 2:46pm ET on October 15, 2009
Although I do stand for a good part of the day while working with my clients I always try to get outside for lunch and make sure to take a 20 minute walk after dinner with my dog.

What do you do to stand up more during the day?

@ 11:22am ET on October 26, 2009
I'm in school all day for 2 days a week, which makes it very hard to get a whole lot of walking in. I can't help but pace when I talk on the phone, though.

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