Does Reading Burn Calories?

You burn calories when you are reading. Reading and other brain-centered mental tasks like writing and even thinking, affect the way the brain consumes energy.

According to Marcus Raichle, neurologist, and professor of neurobiology at Washington University in St Louis the brain represents just 2% of a person’s total body weight, but it accounts for 20% of the body’s energy use.

It is accepted by dieticians and researchers that you burn calories when you read. But, unfortunately, it is minimal and not enough to let you lose weight.

It is a fact that you burn calories just to be alive – to breathe and just “exist” burn calories. Non-physical mental actions like reading also burn calories.

When you sit and read a book for about 1 hour and 30 minutes you on average burn 150 calories. This is about 1.66 calories per minute.

It makes more sense if you think about reading and walking the other way round. If you are a frequent walker, take a book with you next time you are taking your stroll and read while you walk

Generally speaking, reading on its own does not make you lose weight. To burn one pound, you need to read about 5-6 hours every day for 7 days while ensuring you don’t increase your diet.

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