That's according to a recent study:
The researchers say when a person has been engaged in reading for a few hours, his basal metabolic rate doubles.And my favorite:
People normally burn around one calorie per minute when sitting still, they say. However, reading encourages the production of adrenaline, and thereby causes BMR to rise to up to 1.75 calories per minute.
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They say if a person reads at a rate of 300 words a minute, he may burn off more than 1,100 calories by the end.
9. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen (443 calories)Get reading!