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How to Spin in Circles for Weight Loss

by
author image Cynthia Myers
Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.
How to Spin in Circles for Weight Loss
Whirling dervishes spin as part of a religious ceremony. Photo Credit Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images

Of the many ways people have devised to lose weight, spinning in circles may be one of the most unusual. Jennifer Jolan popularized the theory in 2007 when she self-published a book for sale online "How Spinning Around in Circles Like a Four-Year Old Child Will Skyrocket Your Weight Loss Success." The idea held all of the appeal of many quick weight-loss gimmicks: It was easy, it didn't require a lot of effort or sacrifice and it promised big results. Jolan says spinning increases your metabolism so you lose weight and have more energy. But no scientific evidence exists to back up her claims.

Step 1

Stand with your arms out to your sides. This will help you maintain your balance. Choose an open area without furniture you could bump into and fall over. Keep your eyes open.

Step 2

Spin five to 20 times in a row, in a clockwise direction only. Jolan says that the technique does not work if you spin counterclockwise, though she does not say why. Rest for one minute. Jolan says you should feel slightly dizzy, but not so dizzy that you become ill. The dizziness is supposed to be a sign that the spinning is working, but anyone who spins will become dizzy because spinning creates an imbalance in your inner ear.

Step 3

Repeat this exercise several times a day, for a total of 50 to 100 spins. Increase the amount of spinning over the next few days until you build up to 200 spins a day. Spin no more than 20 times a set.

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