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ELISAJANE57 Posts: 761
6/27/13 10:05 A

Just like others said, you wont gain calories by sitting in front of the TV. Your body is constantly burning through your metabolic rate. There are so many factors, and everyone is different, so somebody with possibly more muscle and less body fat might burn more sitting then somebody with less muscle mass. Age and gender play and role as well as the type of diet you have. It's always good though to get moving. If you sit in front of a computer, take breaks to do jumping jacks or walk up and down some stairs. When I watch TV I always like to get up and move for a small periods of time to keep active. I got a Fitbit to keep me active all day. I like getting as many steps as I can daily. If I'm sitting on the couch and need more steps I get up and do some dance moves or walk up and down my stairs a few times.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,625)
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6/27/13 9:55 A

I think I get what the OP is trying to say -

instead of sitting at the PC, if I get up and do the laundry, I burn XX more calories

instead of playing a sedentary video game, I burn XX more calories doing a Wii Fit game

instead of sitting and watching my favorite TV show, I'll burn XX more calories by getting up and doing chores during the commercial breaks

yes, we all sit at times. But if we change 1/2 of that time for something where we are just moving, it makes a difference.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,317
6/27/13 9:13 A

IGOTFATFAT ... as previous posters pointed gain by eating
so the question is
Do you snack while you are at the PC or Watching TV?

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,264)
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6/27/13 9:00 A

We don't "keep" calories by sitting. Even when you're at the PC, or watching TV, your body is burning calories. This is called your basal metabolic rate. It's actually a part of the bulk of the calories you burn daily. You burn calories all the time; exercise calories are added on TOP of that. You can find more info here:

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
6/27/13 4:05 A

you can't gain calories unless you eat/drink.

just sitting in front of the TV actually does burn calories. It doesn't burn as many as running or walking or even standing up, but it is more than sleeping (which also burns calories).

you are always burning calories, even when you're eating. the idea is to burn more over the course of the day than you eat, if you want to lose weight.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (554,761)
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6/26/13 7:30 P

I like the idea!!!

IGOTFATFAT SparkPoints: (195)
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6/26/13 6:49 P

Hey guys:
It just occurred to me that it would be good knowledge to know the calories one gains while , for example, sitting at the pc per each 30 minutes of sitting at the pc or tv. I think all the info is important. If we consider the calories spent, we should be considering the calories kept by bad habits, or plain routine.
Give me your thoughts

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