Along with eating right and exercising on a regular basis (2-3 times a week), there are other things that you can do to burn calories – and it’s nothing big. Just a little bit of effort goes a long way. These are things you can do on an everyday basis that will help you burn some of the extra calories you usually wouldn’t. Some you can do at your desk or sitting at home. Supplement these with your usual workouts and diets, and you will feel the difference in a few short weeks.
- Drink coffee – Caffeine increases the rate at which you burn calories; add sugar and no cream and your caloric count will be low as well.
- Sleep more – Getting less than 4 hours of sleep can slow metabolism
- Move briskly – When you are walking somewhere, pretend like you’re late for something important.
- Eat breakfast – Within the first hour of waking, make sure you get a bite to eat. This kick starts your metabolism and your body begins burning fat.
- Go out of your way – Park far away from the store. Take stairs instead of the elevator. Take the long way to the restroom while at work.
- Straighten up – A straighter posture makes you look leaner and strengthens abs.
- Chew gum – One of my favorite tricks. It burns a few calories and also stops you from mindlessly munching.
- Walk and talk – If you are on the phone, get up and walk around.
- Avoid eating at your desk – Go for a walk, even if you packed lunch. It gets you out of the office as well as burns calories.
- Eat the peel – Want an apple? Make sure you chew through the skin because that’s where all the fiber is, and it takes your body more energy to break down fiber rich foods.
- Swing your arms – The more your body moves, the more calories you burns.
- Work your legs – Sitting at a desk? Do some knee lifts, like you’re marching somewhere.
- Lift up – Standing? Rise up on the balls of your feet and then lower back to the ground.
- Carry a snack – Nuts, low-calorie bars, and fruit are great snacks, and eating frequently keeps your metabolism up. Plus, if you have something healthy on hand, you won’t be tempted by the vending machine.
- Cook your own food – This way you will know exactly what’s going into your meals like sodium, sugar, and fat. Plus, preparing and cleaning up keeps you on your feet.
There are plenty of more ways to burn calories without thinking about it, but these will help you. Make sure, as always, you are eating properly and are not simply counting calories. It’s not how much you eat, but what you put into your body.
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