WANT TO BURN CALORIES? 6 WAYS TO BURN CALORIES

Burning more calories can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.

Exercising and eating the right foods are two effective ways to do this — but you can also boost the number of calories you burn in more unusual ways.

Here are some unconventional ways to burn calories:

Cold exposure

Exposure to cold temperatures may help boost your metabolic rate by stimulating brown fat activity in your body.

While your fat stores are mainly made up of white fat, they also include small amounts of brown fat. These two types of body fat have different functions.

White fat’s main function is energy storage. Having too much white fat tissue may promote inflammation and insulin resistance.

Drink cold water

Water is the best beverage for quenching thirst and staying hydrated.

Drinking water has also been shown to temporarily boost metabolism in normal and overweight adults and children. Some studies even suggest that you may be able to maximize this effect by drinking cold water.

One group of researchers reported that 40% of this increase in metabolic rate is a result of your body warming up the water to body temperature.

Two studies in young adults found that drinking 17 ounces (500 ml) of cold water increased calorie burning by 24–30% for 90 minutes.

However, the study was fairly small, and additional research suggests that water’s effect on metabolic rate may vary from person to person.

Donate blood

Having your blood drawn increases the number of calories you burn, at least temporarily.

When you donate blood, your body uses energy to synthesize new proteins, red blood cells, and other blood components to replace what has been lost.

Of course, donating blood isn’t something you can do every day. In general, you need to wait at least eight weeks between blood draws to replenish your blood supply.

Also, research suggests that donating blood may offer several health benefits, including lowering inflammatory markers, increasing antioxidant activity, and reducing your risk of heart disease.

Laugh often

It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine.

Indeed, research has confirmed that laughter may improve many aspects of mental and physical health, including memory, immunity, and arterial function.

What’s more, laughing also burns calories.

In one study, 45 couples watched movies that were either humorous or serious. When they laughed during the funny movies, their metabolic rate increased by 10–20%.

Although this isn’t very much, laughing on a regular basis is still a great way to improve your overall health and make you happier.

Donate blood

Having your blood drawn increases the number of calories you burn, at least temporarily.

When you donate blood, your body uses energy to synthesize new proteins, red blood cells, and other blood components to replace what has been lost.

Of course, donating blood isn’t something you can do every day. In general, you need to wait at least eight weeks between blood draws to replenish your blood supply.

Also, research suggests that donating blood may offer several health benefits, including lowering inflammatory markers, increasing antioxidant activity, and reducing your risk of heart disease.

Fidget more

Exercising burns calories and helps you stay fit.

However, more subtle forms of physical activity can also boost your metabolic rate. This concept is known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), which includes fidgeting.

Fidgeting involves moving body parts in a restless manner, such as repeatedly bouncing a leg, tapping fingers on a table, and playing with rings.

Your metabolic rate determines the number of calories you burn each day.

Numerous factors affect your metabolic rate. By making simple lifestyle changes, you could increase your rate, helping you burn more calories and lose weight.

These include fidgeting, drinking plenty of cold water, laughing more often, chewing gum, and donating blood.

While the effectiveness of these weight loss strategies may seem insubstantial, they could make a difference in the long run.


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