June 09, 2020 14:20
Many languages have sayings that suggest either rest or a brisk walk after a meal, and doctors are increasingly coming down in favor of the latter.
Walking after meals can reduce chances of a fat belly as it burns glucose from food before it is stored as fat in the stomach.
"It's possible to reduce the amount of glucose if you move lightly and burn it after meals before it's stored as fat," said Lee Yong-je at Yonsei University's Severance Hospital in Gangnam.
"Taking a stroll for about 20 minutes after meals can prevent the accumulation of fats in the body."
Nutrients turn into fat quickly if people sit or lie down immediately after meals.
"The longer you sit after meals, the higher the risk of metabolic syndrome," Lee added. "What's particularly bad is lying down after meals because gastric acid keeps flowing back up the esophagus, which can lead to stomach disorders like chronic acid reflux."
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