We all know that eating the right foods and exercising regularly are the best ways to burn calories. On the other hand, there are some other, quite unusual ways that can boost the calorie burning process.
Here are the 6 unconventional ways you can burn calories:
1. Drink Cold Water
Water truly is the best beverage that can keep your body hydrated. Drinking water can temporarily boost your metabolism and prevent obesity. Many studies have shown that cold water maximizes the calorie burning process.
Drinking 500 ml cold water can increase calorie burning by 25-30% in just 90 minutes.
2. Cold Exposure
Exposure to cold temperatures may help boost your metabolic rate by stimulating brown fat activity in your body.
In addition to mainly white fat, your fat stores are also made up of small amounts of brown fat. These two types of body fat have very different effects.
White fat promotes inflammation, insulin resistance and fat storage. By contrast, brown fat increases calorie burning and may be helpful for losing weight and controlling diabetes.
Brown fat’s calorie-burning effect has been shown to vary among individuals. In general, obese people seem to have less active brown fat than lean people do.
Based on early animal research, chronic exposure to cold is believed to lead to the “browning” of white fat. However, this is still being studied.
3. Chew Gum
Chewing gum can promote the feeling of fullness and can help you reduce your calorie intake. Once recent study has shown that chewing gum can also speed up your metabolism, especially if it’s chewed right after having a meal.
Remember to choose sugar-free gums.
4. Donate Blood
Not only will save someone’s life but it will also temporarily increase the calorie you burn. When you donate blood, your body uses all its energy to synthesize red blood cells and new proteins. Donating also has many other health benefits such as increasing antioxidant activities, reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering inflammatory processes.
5. 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. Examples include repeatedly bouncing a leg, tapping fingers on a table and playing with rings.
In one study, people who fidgeted while seated or standing were shown to burn five to six times more calories, on average, than when they sat or stood still.
Another study found that people with the highest body weights experienced the greatest increase in metabolic rate in response to fidgeting and other types of non-exercise activity.
In some cases, NEAT can make a significant contribution to daily calorie expenditure.
For instance, one group of researchers suggested that a combination of fidgeting, walking and standing could burn up to 2,000 additional calories daily, depending on a person’s weight and activity level.
Based on its ability to burn calories and prevent weight gain, some experts are calling for people to incorporate fidgeting and other forms of non-exercise activity into their daily lives.
Other ways to benefit from NEAT include taking the stairs, using a standing desk and cleaning.
Bottom Line: Fidgeting has been shown to increase the number of calories burned while sitting and standing, especially in those who are overweight.
6. Laugh More
Laughter will not only improve your mental health, immunity and memory, but will also help you burn calories. It won’t help you lose those pounds fast, but it’s a great way to improve your overall health.