It’s a strange phenomenon that such a worldwide action is so taboo. The fact is that anyone who’s never witnessed a fart probably isn’t an earthling. Although farts are often shunned, a recent discovery has some people embracing the act due to its possible slimming effects.
So does farting burn calories?
What Exactly Is Farting? ( A Scientific Perspective)
Whether you call it farting, pooting, tooting, passing gas or passing wind, it’s a universal bodily function. Contrary to what some may believe, farts are not just swallowed air that travels through your body to exit through the bum. It’s a little more complicated than that.
The very process of farting produces flatuses (farts), which are made up of various gases. As stated in a National Institute of Health article, the major gases that compose flatus include methane, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and hydrogen. So, scientifically speaking, it’s the process of expelling gas from the body.
As seen in this BrainStuff video, the main culprits are microscopic gut bacteria. When they digest certain foods, including those our digestive systems, can’t digest, gas is produced.
What Are Common Causes of Frequent Flatulence?
If you’ve been tooting throughout the day, there’s no harm. In fact, farting is an everyday thing for us all. Not farting is the real cause for concern. On the other hand, tooting symphonies might be too much of a good thing. Anything above the 14 to 21 farts threshold per day is a sign of a health issue.
Certain issues can lead to problems digesting foods and thus farting. Mayo Clinic lists some reasons you may be blowing too much wind:
- Lactose intolerance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Dumping Syndrome
- Eating disorders
So, Does Farting Burn Calories Or Not?
There’s a rumor going around the world wide web that claims you can burn 67 calories with just one fart. Furthermore, the rumor says you can burn up to one pound a day if you can unleash 52 farts. If you were just thinking that maybe your lactose intolerance is a blessing in disguise, perhaps you should reconsider that thought.
There’s no doubt that the feeling of letting one loose yield quite a satisfying relief. You’ll also notice a flatter belly afterward. However, that’s as far as the benefits go, according to experts.
When you consider what actually happens during farting, it’s hard to build a case that you can burn calories while farting. According to Healthline.com, muscles actually relax when you pass gas, so there’s not much work being done by you exactly. So, there’s not enough exertion to burn any calories.
Not all hope is lost yet. It is possible to lose weight if you strain while you fart….one to two calories max for each fart. This is quite excessive, but it’s worth a try.
There’s always a downside though. Straining isn’t recommended unless you’re prepared for the possibility of poopy pants. Furthermore, The Stroke Association lists straining as a possible cause of cerebral aneurysms. Since one pound equals 3,500 calories, that’s a lot of straining and not worth all the risks.
Bottom line, flatulence is one of the most normal, healthy processes on earth. It can relieve bloating and make you feel great, but it’s not a good way to burn calories.
A Few Handy Tips To Control Farting
Now that you have no logical reason to fart 3,500 times a day to lose one pound, here are some tips that will help you keep your numbers to a minimum.
- Steer clear of allergens. Foods that we are sensitive and allergic to can take a toll on our digestive systems, which may not be prepared to digest them. This can lead to excessive flatulence.
- Stick to what you know or introduce new foods slowly. If you’re perhaps giving up meat today and preparing to become a full-fledged vegan tomorrow, expect the wind to blow. Foods high in fiber can cause a lot of gas until your digestive system gets used to them.
- Cleanse. Keeping your intestinal tract clean keeps it working like a well-oiled machine. This means it’s able to digest food easily and quickly, reducing gas.
- Don’t drink carbonated beverages. The carbonation adds a bunch of carbon dioxide to your digestive system. It ends of coming out of one end or the other.
Related: How to Stop farting In 7 Easy Steps
In sum, there’s no reason to drop your low carb diet and give up your morning jog so you can fart all day. At the same time, there’s no reason to pretend farting doesn’t exist. It’s normal, healthy (in range) and can provide some serious relief from bloating.