How many calories can the brain burn by thinking?
Burning calories for weight loss has been all the rage for a very long time now. Of course, to burn calories you have to get up and actually work out. Sounds tedious and really time-consuming. But what if there was another way to burn calories that didn’t include so much movement? That must be a dream come true!
That introduction had to lead up to something, right? The thing is, just thinking can burn calories. What can’t the brain do! According to one of the most brilliant minds of our generation, Hank Green, our brain uses 10 to 20 percent of the calories you consume. These calories serve as an energy source for your brain to produce and release chemical signals called neurotransmitters. Your resting brain uses 1.5 calories every minute! Considering that your brain is only 2 percent of your body mass, it’s a LOT.
To produce the neurotransmitters which we mentioned earlier, neuron cells extract 75% glucose and 20 % of the oxygen from the blood. It’s a lot of percentages but that’s just to give an idea of just how much your brain needs. Your frontal lobe is where the thinking happens which is why that bit needs more glucose.
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