THE best and easiest diet to lose weight has been revealed – and it’s perfect for couch potatoes and television addicts.
Health experts have discovered laughing can burn up to 120 calories an hour – meaning watching your favourite comedy film or stand up act could give you a super-fit body.
Laughing out loud can also improve cardiovascular health, increase heart rate and help weight loss, according to the new report.
And people who laugh loudest and longest will get fit quickest – burning up to 120 calories an hour.
One group of muscles – the internal obliques – is actually activated MORE by laughter than it is by stomach crunches.
The news is bound to put a smile on the faces of over 60 per cent of comedy fans who admitted they would be packing in New Years resolutions this week – a mere three weeks in to 2016.
Dr Helen Pilcher and Timandra Harkness from the Comedy Research Project, an independent group that researches the science of laughter compiled the repor
They categorised laughter into five different types and estimated the calorie-burning potential of each:
– The Howler: flat out, uncontrollable, roll on the floor laughter can burn up to 120 calories per hour
– The Belly buster: Hearty belly laughs can burn up to 100 calories per hour
– The Giggle: Getting the giggles can burn up to 33 calories per hour
– The Chuckle: Irrepressible chuckling can burn up to 20 calories per hour
– The Snigger Sniggering: can burn up to 10 calories per hour.
The team, commissioned by entertainment channel Dave, also sampled multiple episodes of comedy shows on the channel in January, and predicted the potential calorie loss that could be achieved by watching each of them, based on the duration of each type of laughter generated on average per episode.
After assessing how much people giggled their way through their favourite programmes, they listed their top 5 calorie-burning shows on the channel, which are:
1. Taskmaster – 42.9 calories / hour
2. Room 101 – 40.3 calories / hour
3. QIXL – 35.5 calories / hour
4. Mock the Week – 31.8 calories / hour
5. Not Going Out – 28.2 calories / hour
As well as physical benefits, laughter can also have many positive mental effects, from boosting levels of ‘feel-good’ endorphins in the brain, to decreasing stress levels and dulling pain.