By Amy Taylor on January 12, 2012
We all know that physical exercises and all forms of workout can help us lose weight. But another interesting form of exercise is also said to contribute in fat burning. And this exercise is pretty simple. What’s more impressing is that you’re not going to sweat even a little. You just need to write and that’s it!
Writing as a Form of Exercise
On a study published in the journal of the Association for Psychological Science, it was revealed that women who spent 15 minutes writing about the values they give importance to lost more weight than those who did not.
The study was lead by the researchers coming from University of Waterloo and Stanford University. They recruited 45 undergraduate women who had body mass index of 23 and above. Majority of these women are obese considering that the normal BMI in women is between 18 and 24. The respondents were given a list of topics or values to choose from. They include politics, religion, social and personal relationships, creativity, and music. Each woman was asked to rank these values according to their own preferences. Half of the group was asked to do a fifteen-minute writing exercise about the values they considered the most important. The other half were asked to write about values which they think is important to others. At the beginning of the study, the participants were weighed. After four months, they were weighed again and surprisingly, those who had the writing exercise showed improvements in weight loss. They lost an average weight of 3.41 pounds while those who didn’t write lost 2.76 pounds which experts say is normal for undergraduate students.
What You Feel Affects Who You Are
According to Christine Logel, one of the co-authors of the study, the way we feel about ourselves has a big effect on how we react to certain situations. When we think of our values, there seems to be a driving force that makes us achieve our goals whether it’s a just simple weight loss or a long-term plan. Logel said that most probably, when the female participants wrote about their values, they felt good about themselves that they didn’t feel the need to eat much. Then, the habit is formed until they have unknowingly lost some pounds. According to the researchers, writing down positive values and affirmations about ourselves makes us feel better. This in turn, creates a huge impact in our lives. When you feel better, you feel motivated. When you have happy thoughts, you don’t usually give up on challenges even in weight loss.
The study doesn’t mean to establish the fact that such writing exercise is a weight loss solution and that it will work for anybody else. To conclude this way, there has to be more studies and supporting evidences. But the researchers said there’s no harm in trying. Who knows, it might work for you!