Can You Lay Down and Lose Weight?

The very first thing I do when I get home from work every single day, after I walk up the stairs and say hello to the dog is lay down on my bed, even if only for a few minutes.

After that, I try to make it to the gym (and unfortunately fail sometimes) and then I get home, eat dinner and usually end up once again laying down on the couch after that. I fall asleep on the couch, then get up only to go lay down in bed.

Now, I'm not telling you all this because you need to know every detail of what happens when I get home. The point is, I spend a whollllllllle lot of time laying down when I get home. But when I lay down immediately after eating dinner, I do get very paranoid that the calories are just laying flat in my stomach and not being digested or burned.

So I looked into it and all evidence points to the fact that you do not actually digest your food as quickly when you are laying down, therefore you're not burning calories as quickly. However, I have read other articles that say that when you are sleeping, as your body works harder to breathe quicker, you are burning more calories than when you are simply sitting or laying down and awake.

If you look up "losing weight while laying down," all you will find is a few articles selling products that preach they can help you lose weight while laying down. But does anyone know the truth about calorie burning and being horizontal?

posted @ Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:17 PM

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