Ask the Diet Doctor: How Much Should I Stand for Weight Loss?

We’ve been told that we sit too much, but there is one time of the day when it’s best to stay off your feet.

Q: Okay, I get it: I should sit less and stand more. But what about at mealtime—is it better to sit or stand while I eat?

A: You are correct that most people need to sit a lot less than they already do. And while we’ve been told to “move more,” “stand while taking phone calls,” “take the stairs instead of the elevator,” and “stand up while you work at your desk,” eating may be one of the few times it’s better to take a load off.

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