How to Spin in Circles for Weight Loss

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 2. But no scientific evidence exists to back up her claims.

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.

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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.

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.


Jolan says that after a few days or weeks of regular spinning, your body will grow accustomed to the practice and you will no longer feel as dizzy.


If you have inner-ear or balance problems, spinning may be difficult and even harmful for you. You may fall and injure yourself, or you may experience motion sickness with nausea and dizziness. For most people, spinning won't harm you, though it may make you feel a little unsteady.