Do you feel tired, sometimes you think a lot? If someone laughs or worries about blaming their mental processes for depletion, do not ignore it because, in fact, the brain can burn enough calories for a day worth half an hour.
According to El Pais, you will not feel tired at the level of physical exercise, but you will burn about 350 calories per day for a simple act of thinking. This applies to adults with a mean weight of about 1400 grams and about 70 kilograms.
Scientists Professor Javier DeFelipe, professor of research at the Higher Scientific Research Council, told the media that "the human brain accounts for approximately 2% of the body weight and consumes 20% of oxygen and glucose,
"The brain can consume around 350 calories in 24 hours, or 20% of what we normally spend a day," says the Professor at Granada University and a researcher at the Mind Research Center, Brain and Behavior (CIMCYC) , Ignacio Moron.
In this respect, DeFelipe states that although all physiological processes require energy, "the brain is the most energy consuming organ." This is because it is used continuously and does not slow down at night.
According to Moron in the brain, "gray matter is supposed [donde se encuentran los núcleos neuronales] consumes more energy than white matter [cuya función principal es la de transmitir la información], and this is due, among other factors, to the large number of synapses and mitochondria of gray matter, along with the fact that white matter is designed more efficient and more economical. "
Brain energy consumption is variable
Deflupe details that the brain's energy consumption is not always the same. "When you're in the normal mode, like walking around the street thinking about things, maybe consumption is less, in the sense that no area of the brain is activated more than others," he says.
This is supported by Moron, who accidentally demysticizes, for example, a scientist who has more costs than an administrative, given the difference in facts they are studying or analyzing.
In this regard, he emphasizes that "the intellectual task is more than the trade or the job itself, which determines the energy costs and it can happen that the administrative ones have more energy costs."
"An hour of intense intellectual work consumes virtually the same energy as an hour of intense physical work," he says. And at the same time, he emphasizes that working under pressure or that your boss is getting involved in completing your work later also helps to increase this process.
Think it's thin?
If you read this, you think you can sit quietly on the chair, think about everything and lose weight, you are wrong. Why not, thinking does not weaken, so go out and do physical activity.
"It's clear that thinking is not losing weight, maybe thinking while walking vigorously or exercising," concludes CIMYCC director Andrés Caetana.
So no, because you think a lot, do not lose weight. So Sheldon Cooper is not skinny, thinks too much, no matter how much he wants to read his mind and thus make a lot of energy from the brain.