Don’t tell your kids to stop fidgeting. It’s good for them.

Fidgeting may, in fact, be the key to why some people simply don’t gain weight, no matter how much they eat. At the Mayo Clinic, sixteen volunteers each pigged out on an extra 1,000 calories a day for two months. All were limited to minimal exercise. They gained an average of ten pounds, but there was a range from two to sixteen pounds. What accounted for the difference between subjects?

How much they fidgeted. On average, fidgeting burned up a third of the extra calories. Those who gained the least fidgeted the most.

Keep tapping those feet.

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