Here’s how the Italians are staying slim without even trying

Here’s how the Italians are staying slim without even trying

…it’s not because of all the pizza and pasta they eat.

Although we associate Italians to pizza and pasta, they are definitely not know for weight problems – only 19.8% of Italian adults are considered obese (compare this to England and America where over one quarter of the adult population is considered obese).

How are the Italians managing to stay so slim? This might be thanks to passeggiata, meaning a short walk taken purely for pleasure, many Italians do this several times a day, typically after meals.

Not only does passeggiata allow you to catch up with friends, enjoy some fresh air and sunshine or reconnect with family members, it is also genius when it comes to weight loss.

  1. Helps in digesting food
    Going for a walk after eating will help break down food more easily, preventing stomach problems such as indigestion and heartburn.

2. Speeds up metabolism
Walking will help stimulate your metabolism – the faster your metabolism, the faster you’ll burn calories, making it easier to lose fat.

3. Provides better sleep
Taking a walk after dinner will help reduce your stress levels and boost your blood circulation – both vital for a good night’s rest. Furthermore, seeing the fading light before nightful and getting in light physical activity can also help you sleep better by recalibrating your body clock.

4. Helps burn fat
Walking burns calories and will help contribute to your calorie deficit, helping you to lose fat.

5. Stops you consuming excess calories
If you are guilty of late night snacking, taking a walk may help you reduce the opportunity and tendency for eating dessert, late night snacks, or drinking alcohol with dinner.

 

So, think like an Italian and head out the door after your next meal. Your couch and TV will still be there when you get back!