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To lose weight, just had a good laugh

June 7 2005

Women who avail "tormented" themselves all sorts of diets, the researchers recommend a laugh at his own failures. It turns out that this process helps to get rid of extra pounds, though not as fast as the sport.

The first of its kind study conducted by specialists from Vanderbilt University. In classical chamber for measuring metabolic they made the subjects - friends and couples - laugh heartily. In this case they did not report the main objective of the study: for the experiment was only genuine laughter, as he is known by the order is not obtained. "Then they would laugh coercion and forced laughter is controlled entirely different part of the brain" - explains Dr. Masezh Bukowski, who led the work.

To begin participating experiments show tranquil scenes of nature - for example, videotapes of sheep grazing in green fields of England. At this time, the equipment measured the normal metabolic rate (via heart rate, the amount of inhaled oxygen and exhaled carbon dioxide). Later in the broadcast inserted pieces of comedy and humorous TV shows (for the purity of the experiment had to remove the laughter behind the scenes), and greatly speeds up the metabolism of the audience.

Correlating the duration of fun with the parameters of metabolism, the researchers argue that 10-15 minutes of laughter can burn 50 calories - as many found, for example, in a piece of chocolate. "We estimate that a year can lose 2 kilograms when to laugh every day," - says Dr. Bukowski.

Of course, if you do sports or take pills that suppress appetite, the same weight you can throw in a few weeks or even days. But in the gym at busy people, usually not enough time, a "miraculous" drugs do not always do what they wanted to. So that laughter has advantages: he is free, and affects the health of only the best. Saying that the minutes of laughter prolongs life, has not been proved by scientists from Vanderbilt University, but in principle it is certainly true, says

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