You might think losing weight is all about hard work at the gym and having a strict eating regimen, but sometimes, even just the smallest amount of effort can deliver major pay-offs. Check out these incredibly simple ways to burn more calories from Sue Heintze, creator of the Beta Switch Diet program.
1. Load up on caffeine
Caffeine can help boost calorie burn for up to three hours. Not into joe? Try tea.
2. A stability ball is not just for the gym
Using a stability ball can kill 260 more daily cals than parking your butt in a chair.
3. Go on a semi-paleo diet
Cut carbs completely for two days a week. Odds are, you’ll lose more than the full-time Paleo devotees.
4. Chew some gum
Chew gum to curb snacking. More likely than not, you will eat up to 20 percent less.
5. Turn down the room temperature
The room temperature sweet spot for melting fat: a cool 64 degrees.
6. Eat South East Asian
Spices in this region’s tasty grubs (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore) can spike your metabolism by 23 percent.
7. Train one day less than the usual ‘recommended’ three times a week
Strength training twice a week versus thrice a week can yield the same muscle.
8. Stay calm
Stressed women work off about 104 fewer calories than those who are calm.
9. Say no to alcohol
Knocking back two beers or gin and tonic may slow down fat blasting by 73 percent.
10. Tell your mother she’s wrong – fidgeting is ok!
Tapping your feet or pacing can burn hundreds more cals than being still.
11. Sit in a sauna
Just 10 minutes of sauna treatment helps rev metabolism for an hour.