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Having a hot bath can promote weight loss – how long to spend in the bath – Dr Mosley tip

The fast-paced nature of modern living means many of us rarely fit in a hot bath but research suggests it is worth taking the time out to have one. The soothing effects of having a hot bath will be familiar, but the pleasurable pastime may also aid weight loss. The finding was recently revealed in an episode of Just One Thing – with Michael Mosley.

“One of the first things that we were looking at is the energy expenditure while you’re in the bath,” exercise physiologist Steve Faulkner from Loughborough University told the BBC.

“And what we found was an 80 percent increase in energy expenditure just as a result of sitting in the bath for the course of an hour.”

What accounts for this effect?

Faulkner attributed the effect to heat shock proteins – specific proteins that are made when cells are briefly exposed to temperatures above their normal growth temperature.

“Heat shock proteins are molecules that are made by all cells of the human body in response to stresses,” Faulkner explained in The Conversation.

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“In the long term, raised levels of these proteins may help the function of insulin and improve blood sugar control.”

This is significant because without insulin, the cells of your body are unable to use sugar for energy.

This can lead to weight gain over time.

Dr Mosley observed an improvement in blood sugar control during the study.

He cited a small study conducted in 2016, in which researchers from the University of Oregon showed that sitting in a hot bath four of five times a week led to lower blood pressure and reduced arterial stiffness.

High blood blood pressure and arterial stiffness can lead to cardiovascular problems.

Speaking on the podcast, Professor Jason Ellis, a professor of psychology and director of the Northumbria Sleep Centre, outlined another key benefit.

“Another thing we’ve got to think about here is not just the physical impact, but the psychological impact.”

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Hot bath benefits: A steamy soak could help control type 2 diabetes

The increase in energy expenditure for bathing was nowhere near as high as it was for exercise, but the bath did result in an 80 percent increase.

Participants were also shown to burn on average 126 calories per hour when they bathed, which is approximately equivalent to a 25 to 30 minute walk.

Overall, the research suggested passive heating, such as a bath, can increase the rate people burn calories and therefore may help to reduce blood sugar spikes after eating.

The NHS recommends a healthy diet and keeping active for managing blood sugar levels, particularly as it helps control weight.

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Holly Willoughby swiftly deletes bath pic as This Morning fans spot her reflection in taps

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby, 40, has now removed a photo of her bubble bath after some of her 7.1 million Instagram followers claimed they could see her reflection in the sparkling clean taps. The star was alerted to the situation in the comments section of her snap by fans after she shared an insight into her day off.
Holly’s dedicated followers pointed out the potential error after noticing her partial reflection as she leaned forwards in the tub to take the photo at the home she shares with her husband Dan Baldwin and their three children, Belle, 10, Chester, six, and Harry, 11.

The ITV favourite had shared the image after she spotted the foam from her bubble bath had created a pretty heart shape in the water.

However, most fans were distracted by their concerns about Holly’s reflection.

One fan commented: “Already comments people saying they are zooming in on the reflection!”

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“Now, I’m finally at a point in my life where I can see a little more clearly and I want to share my truths in the hope that maybe they’ll help you too.

“This book is my celebration of how inner and outer beauty can work together in perfect harmony.

“I hope this book will start conversations, whether they’re about how to find your signature lipstick, reclaim your sexuality, or treat yourself more kindly – and, ultimately, what it means to feel beautiful, confident, complete.” 

Holly then told fans how they will be able to get their hands on a signed copy.

She continued: “You can pre-order signed copies if you like, the link is in my bio. I can’t wait to share it with you all and yet can’t help but feel nervous at the same time…

“I think the more important something is… the scarier it feels… deep breath… I hope you enjoy it…. #reflections.”(sic)

The book is due to be released in October and is available to pre-order on Amazon for £20.

The television personality also teased the novel’s artwork, as she appeared on its temporary front cover smiling in a pink jumper alongside the words “cover to be revealed”.


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Dr Hilary settles row on whether sharing bath water is hygienic after GMB row

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Sarah Beeny is married to her husband, Graham, who she has four sons with.

The eldest child is Billy, who is 15; then there’s Charlie, 13, Rafferty, 11, and 10-year-old Laurie.

Sarah made clear that the temporary home they’re living in at the moment has reduced hot water.

The 49-year-old explained that it makes more sense to her to get into the same bath water as her husband, for example, than wait another two to three hours for hot water.

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Property expert tells GMB she shares her bath water with her family

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Twitter was sent into uproar this morning (April 28) after Good Morning Britain featured a debate whether it is ever acceptable to share bath water.

As well as having shorter showers, turning off the tap and only washing full loads of clothing, getting into the bath after a loved one has finished can be an effective way to save water.

But not everyone has agreed it is the most hygienic thing to do.

Property expert Sarah Beeny appeared on the show, who says she has a bath after her husband and her four sons have had one – making her the sixth person to use the water.

“That’s brave,” Ben Shephard responded.

Would you ever share bath water?
Would you ever share bath water?

But Sarah explained: “I’m so amazed by what a furore this has brought out.

“I thought everybody would say – it was a thing in my childhood, in fact even now when people come to stay – sometimes my sibling or my spouse would come down and say ‘I’ve left the bath in, does anyone want it’.

“And it’s a normal thing to say – I’m really surprised that it’s made everyone so hot under the collar to be honest.”

Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman, who also featured in the debate, was asked by host Susanna Reid what her reaction would be if her husband said he’d left the bath water in.

“Just drain it then!” she quipped.

Sarah replied by asking Luisa: “Would you get in a jacuzzi outside with him?” – to which the TV star said hers was chlorinated and she would.

Property expert Sarah Beeny appeared on GMB
Property expert Sarah Beeny appeared on GMB

“Your boys jump in lakes, they’re running around a farm, you’ll be dirtier when you get out,” Louisa said.

She added: “I just think of the dead skin cells – I just think there are better ways to save the planet.

“Like not eating meat and dairy are some of the biggest things you can do.

“And having a shower uses less water and it’s much cleaner.”

As always, the topic sparked intense debate online, with many seeming revolted at the idea of sharing bath water.

“Might as well have a dip in the Thames!” one person quipped on Twitter.

“No that’s just unhygienic having someone else’s dirt in the same bath as you. You’re not getting clean if you use dirty water,” said another.

“It’s not possible to be completely clean immersed in your own dirty water, let alone when you get into someone else’s dirty water,” added a third.

A fourth said they were “shocked to see how many think this is normal” with a vomiting emoji.

Others, however, were sympathetic with property expert Sarah, saying it was something they’ve done since they were young.

“Back in the 80s with dad and mam having 5 kids and a hot water tank, if you didn’t share water, you didn’t get a bath,” one Twitter user said.

“Done it since my children were small and still share the water, jump in sons bath or o/h gets in after him,” another person added.

“Yes deffo. Shared each morning with hubby and I after I’ve been in of course,” said someone else.

Would you ever share bath water with a family member? Have your say in the comments below.

GMB is broadcast every weekday morning from 6am, and can be watched on catch-up via the ITV Hub.