I’ll start by saying it’s not all about calories these days. A calorie of fiber or protein is not the same as a calorie of sugar. If you’re looking to lose weight you should be focusing on eating the right kinds of calories, not necessarily fewer of them.
But that said, calories are definitely still a part of the equation. People tend to gain weight as they age because their metabolism slows down and they burn fewer calories each day. So there’s no doubt that burning more calories in a day makes losing weight easier.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at eleven of the easiest ways to do just that.
11 Easy Ways to Burn More Calories
1. A little bit of effort…
Goes a long way. More exercise isn’t always better. Just 10 minutes of walking, or another form of moderate exercise, can boost your metabolism for an hour.
2. Keep tapping those toes
I’m constantly bouncing my leg, not because I’m anxious, but just out of habit really. Anyway, a good side benefit of all that bouncing and pacing and fidgeting is that I burn more calories than I would remaining completely still.
3. Skip a gym day
Oddly enough, some studies have shown that strength training twice a week can be just as effective as three times. Muscle mass is great for burning calories because it raises your resting metabolic rate. But if you can get away with two days instead of three, why not?
4. Chew on something
Not regular gum! Which is filled with all sorts of sweeteners and chemicals that are bad for your health. But on something better – like celery, or licorice root, or coca leaves. Anything that stops you from snacking. Studies show chewing on something can help you snack 10% less.
5. Say goodbye to your chair…
Say hello to an exercise ball! Sitting on a stability ball all day can burn up to 260 more calories than if you sat on a regular old chair. Over the course of a week, or month, or year, those calories can really add up.
6. Have a cup of coffee (or tea)
Coffee has been shown to help burn calories for up to three hours after your first sip. It’s also been shown to have a bundle of other health benefits including lowering your risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, while boosting your mood.
If you’re not big on coffee, caffeine in general has been shown to help, so grab a green tea instead.
7. Go carb-less on occasion
I’m a big fan of carbs (of the complex variety, of course), but cutting them out just 2 days a week is a great way to lose weight. In fact, it may be even more effective than cutting them out entirely.
8. Lower the external temperature
Supposedly the best temperature for your body to burn the most calories is a chilly 64°F. It’s not the greenest solution in the summertime, but in the winter it’s definitely easier to accomplish (depending on your climate, of course). Even if 64° is out of the question, cooler is definitely better when it comes to burning calories.
9. Raise the internal temperature
With spicy food! I love curries and spicy tacos because not only do they taste amazing, they also help boost your metabolism. The spices in Thai food can boost your metabolism by 23%!
10. Skip the second round
Having a couple beers after work with some colleagues might seem harmless from time-to-time (and lets face it, sometimes it’s almost a necessity!), but be aware that those two beers can slow your fat burning by up to 73%.
11. Lower the stress levels
I know it’s much easier said than done, but stressed women tend to burn 100 fewer calories in a day. So take some time to relax, take a few deep breaths, go for a walk or to a yoga class, and feel at peace knowing that the more you calm down, the more calories you will burn.