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Burn calories by standing?


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Can I actually burn calories by standing and walking at work?  I work an average of 5 hours a day.  I stand for aprox. 3 hours straight and walk for two hours.  I get a fifteen minute break (in which I usually sit and have a snack).  According to the Fat Burner . . . I should be using tons of calories.  What up?
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I know for a fact that you do. I use to work retail part time ( standing and walking) from 5-6 hours a day and I ate around 2100 calories. I also did the elliptical for about 30 min 4 times a week ( not too much ) and I lost ten pounds doing that hahah so I'm guessing you have to eat wayy more. I know that if I didn't eat so much I would have been starving my body
You burn calories just sleeping.
I'm a barista at a coffee shop. According to CC, I burn a HELL of a lot of calories standing. I also know when I quit my retail job a year ago I gained 20 pounds from the lack of activity. CC has a few various "standing" options.
Original Post by feddiechick:

I'm a barista at a coffee shop. According to CC, I burn a HELL of a lot of calories standing. I also know when I quit my retail job a year ago I gained 20 pounds from the lack of activity. CC has a few various "standing" options.

 I'm a barista too, I LOVE my job because of how active it keeps me for 7hrs+ :P

I was a waitress and although i didn't lose weight cause of all the free unhealthy food i was given and ate lol i did get A LOT of exercise, i would go home and my legs would be killing me! It's def. a work out!

I've been wondering that about my job as well...

I work at disney and my job entails not just standing but basically acting like I'm on speed or something then I also do the segway trials which means I have to walk backwards for 15-20 minutes every hour. I work 8-10 hour days, try to get atleast 30 minutes of cardio a day (on my weekends I do more like an hour to an hour and a half) and try to eat 1300-1400 calories a day. Unfortunately, lately I've been eating closer  to 1500-1700 and have been feeling really bad about it but I honestly don't know how much I'm burning at work.

Any ideas?

 

(stats 5'2 cw: 117-120 gw:105-110 )

Im a waitress on a Friday evening at a pub. I work for 5 hours straight and don't sit down once for the whole night, or even get a break. How many calories do you think i burn roughly? && How many should I have eaten before I go?

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Original Post by tini87:

I've been wondering that about my job as well...

I work at disney and my job entails not just standing but basically acting like I'm on speed or something then I also do the segway trials which means I have to walk backwards for 15-20 minutes every hour. I work 8-10 hour days, try to get atleast 30 minutes of cardio a day (on my weekends I do more like an hour to an hour and a half) and try to eat 1300-1400 calories a day. Unfortunately, lately I've been eating closer to 1500-1700 and have been feeling really bad about it but I honestly don't know how much I'm burning at work.

 According to the CC tools, with your level of activity at work and your daily exercise, you should be burning about 2300 calories per day.  You should eat at least 1300/day.  If you eat 1800 calories every day, you should lose 1 lb/week.

So, it sounds to me like what you're doing is just about right.  You have a 500-1000 calorie deficit every day.  Can you see the difference on the scale? 

Just curious, for those who stand for long periods at a time, on those days, do you try to eat more? I'm curious because some days I've burned about 3,000 calories, and eaten about 1700, and I wonder if this disrupts my metabolism at all, or if, since it only happens about two times a week, does it not hurt me badly? They say to have a 500-1000 calorie defecit, and on the days I work I go way over. I wonder if this does more help than harm?

Any thoughts?
I think you can burn a ton of calories just standing and walking around at work.  Before I had my kids I workded retail.  I never worked out and was able to stay around a size 8.  Once I had my son and stayed home I balloned up to 260 pounds at my worst.  Before CC I was able to lose some weight by starting the gym but I still didn't eat well.  I got down to about 230.  I ended up gaining some more again and was at 250 when I started CC on Jan 11th.  Today I am at 241.   I am so glad that I found this site to help me keep track of what is going in  and what I am burning off.
I work at on my feet between 5-10 hours a day with no sitting.  It's probably split between standing and walking around... and it hasn't affected my weight loss at all.  I wish that it did :( 

I do this between four and six days a week.  One would think the weight should be falling off.  I would hate to see what my weight would do if I had a desk job.
Original Post by phord:

Original Post by tini87:

I've been wondering that about my job as well...

I work at disney and my job entails not just standing but basically acting like I'm on speed or something then I also do the segway trials which means I have to walk backwards for 15-20 minutes every hour. I work 8-10 hour days, try to get atleast 30 minutes of cardio a day (on my weekends I do more like an hour to an hour and a half) and try to eat 1300-1400 calories a day. Unfortunately, lately I've been eating closer to 1500-1700 and have been feeling really bad about it but I honestly don't know how much I'm burning at work.

According to the CC tools, with your level of activity at work and your daily exercise, you should be burning about 2300 calories per day. You should eat at least 1300/day. If you eat 1800 calories every day, you should lose 1 lb/week.

So, it sounds to me like what you're doing is just about right. You have a 500-1000 calorie deficit every day. Can you see the difference on the scale?

 At the moment, no. I'm a little stuck.

I used to be a barista and when I quit to go to grad school I gained quite a bit of weight.  I stand and walk in the lab some but not nearly the 8 hours I used to.
There was a recent study that came out that said not only do you burn calories while standing, but that your body releases some chemical that is responsible for burning fat just simple by bearing weight on your legs.  Either by standing or cycling or something like that.  Just engaging the thigh muscles.
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