New Zealand has become the first country in the world to allow people to exercise their stomachs in a way that can improve their health.
The health ministry says that people who take part in the stomach exercises programme at the city of Christchurch have reported lower levels of stomach cramps, abdominal pain and bloating.
They have also reported a reduction in bloating, a condition in which the stomach expands or contracts to help digest food.
The exercise programme is being run by the Christchurch Food and Drink Research Institute.
Dr Rachel Biddle from the institute said the programme was “really quite simple”.
“We’ve got the whole stomach muscles working together to move food through the intestines and it doesn’t make you bloated or uncomfortable.”
The benefits of exercise are well-documented.
“A new study published in the New Zealand Journal of Medicine has found that people in the programme were able to eat more food with less exercise.
This is the first time that the health ministry has allowed people to take part of the programme, which is designed to help reduce the amount of food you eat by 30% and prevent weight gain.”
This is something that has been available for about 10 years and we’ve seen an improvement in people’s health and wellbeing in the last few years,” Dr Biddle said.
The ministry said the program would help people with obesity.”
It can be a very effective way to reduce the weight and increase the physical activity,” Dr John Clements from the ministry’s public health and diet services said.”
A lot of people can’t afford to buy a food pack at the store, so they are going to take the opportunity to exercise.
“There’s a very small group of people that we would say are not doing it because they don’t have a lot of money, but they may be trying to reduce their calorie intake.”
We’d be concerned if they were eating too much and not eating enough, but we think the benefits are there.
“The ministry has also said that the programme will also help people lose weight, which has been shown to reduce risk of obesity and diabetes.”
Our plan is to make sure people who are obese get their body weight down as much as possible, which means eating less, exercising more and eating less sugar and added sugar,” Dr Clements said.
People who have been part of this programme can take part for three months.”
If you do it regularly, you should be able to lose about 10kg, which translates to about six stone,” Dr Rhea Hutton from the Christborough Obesity and Diabetes Centre said.
Ms Hutton said there was a lack of understanding of the health benefits of the exercise program, and there was no evidence that it helped people lose body weight.”
You may have a very low level of exercise and a lot going on in your body, so we think that this might be a really good way of helping people,” she said.
Dr Biddle added that the study found that exercise did not increase the amount or duration of a person’s diet.”
One of the things that’s important to keep in mind is that exercise does have a benefit for the stomach and the pancreas, so that may explain why it does help,” she added.
Dr Clements suggested that the number of participants was important.”
People don’t really realise how many people can be involved in the exercise programme,” he said.
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