The trick to losing weight and keeping it off is ensuring that you’re burning enough calories each day and week. Keeping track of that can get tricky so it’s a helpful idea to simply pick up a few behaviors that will help you burn extra calories without even thinking about it.
If you’re serious about keeping your calorie flow going all day, try some or all of these 30 tricks:
#1. Switch out butter and margarine: both butter and margarine are full of fats that will not help you burn any calories. What you can do is switch to olive oil, spreads like tahini or hummus, and use banana or applesauce when you bake.
#2. Less cheese fat: you can lower your fat content in your cheese consumption by choosing cheeses made from skim milk. You can also warm up full-fat cheeses and drain the oil that results for less fat content.
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#3. Use water: drink water all day and especially before meals in order to avoid eating more than what you need.
#4. Stop drinking and smoking: these unhealthy habits cause more cortisol, the stress hormone, to be released in your body. This in turn, leads to more fat and weight gain.
#5. Avoid ‘low-fat’ foods: these options often contain extra chemicals that are just as bad for your body as fatty choices.
#6. Kids portions: obviously, it’s better to give up fast-food altogether, if you can, but if you’re super attached to it, start by changing to the kids menu.
#7. Restaurant choices: don’t stop eating out just because you want to lose weight. It’s good practice to adjust to the real world, by picking healthier menu options and asking for swaps like oil instead of butter, or dressings on the side of salads.
#8. Eat spicy: when you spice up your food, it helps burn more calories naturally. Start adding more black and cayenne pepper to all foods you cook and eat.
#9. Combine protein with vegetables: vegetables are great, but to really get the most out of them, pair them with some healthy protein like egg or a slice of turkey.
#10. Subtract calories through food: one of the best ways to burn calories, is by eating certain foods. Add celery, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, lettuce, tangerines, and oranges to your diet to burn while you chew.
#11. Thermogenesis: thermogenic foods help your body’s metabolism work faster. Think vegetable choices like cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
#12. Avoid belly fat: not only is belly fat annoying and unattractive, but it can be very unhealthy, as well. To avoid building it up, cut out processed foods and sugar.
#13. Revamp metabolism: sometimes the machine needs to be re-oiled. Switch from the standard 3 meals each day to more, smaller meals to keep your metabolism working well.
#14. Try fasting: specific fasting techniques can help speed the process of burning fat from your body.
#15. No trans fat: check all labels, and do not consume any trans fat. It is very bad for you and will stop you from losing weight.
#16. Less sweets: they have too much sugar and too many calories, so you need to cut down or cut them out totally.
#17. Low-glycemic fruit: choose fruits that are lower in natural sugars. These include melon, berries, peaches, and lemon.
#18. Avoid ‘free’ foods: products that claim to be sugar and fat ‘free’ have simply added alternative forms of chemicals to replace what’s not included. These replacements are usually even more unhealthy.
#19. Buffet behavior: be careful. Stick to one plate, and try to load it with mostly vegetables before moving on to the indulgent foods you love.
#20. Small meals: keep your body working well by eating small meals at least every 3 hours. Keep them full of protein and nutrients to retain energy.
#21. Muscle focus: keep doing your cardio, but shift some of your focus to the building of lean muscle mass, as well.
#22. Have fun exercising: it will always be a drag to workout if you do things you don’t like. Find exercises you enjoy, Zumba, swimming, or riding your bike so that you get your burn while having fun.
#23. Count 3, 2, 1: if you run, switch up your routine to follow the 3-2-1 style. Alternate between 3 minutes of fast walking, 2 jogging, and 1 of full sprinting.
#24. Practice yoga: it helps your body become more flexible, keeps you relaxed, and burns calories all at the same time.
#25. Mix it up: change the target muscle groups you work on each day so that your body does not get habituated to your fat burning work.
#26. Tone all the time: make things easier for yourself, and starting sucking in your gut and clenching your glute muscles wherever you are.
#27. BMR: you need to learn how many calories your unique body needs to lose weight in the healthiest way.
#28. Target heart rate: you want to get into the burning zone, which is your target heart rate. That tends to be between 150 to 185. Use a heart rate monitor to keep track.
#29. Work work work: don’t waste time at work. Keep burning calories by stretching, chewing gum, and working from a standing desk.
#30. Go green: drink green tea at least twice per day to help you reach your fat burning goals.
These 30 easy tricks can make a huge difference in the way your body loses weight.
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