8 Facts to help shred those pounds!

These healthy habits may help give your body a calorie-burning boost.

 

1. Exercise to Burn Calories

Obviously, when you exercise, your body burns calories to fuel your activity. But exercise is the gift that keeps on giving. That's because even after your workout has ended, your body is still burning more calories.

 

2. Do Strength Training to Build Muscle

When you exercise, you use muscle. This helps build muscle mass, and muscle tissue burns more calories -- even when you're at rest -- than body fat.

 

3. Drink Caffeinated Green or Black Tea

 Caffeine is a stimulant, and stimulants tend to increase the calories you burn. Drinking tea with meals may have another fat-fighting effect.

 

4. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals

Every time you eat a meal or snack, your gastrointestinal tract turns on, so to speak, and starts digesting food and absorbing nutrients. It costs calories to fire up the human digestion machine, so it makes sense that the more small meals or snacks you eat through the day, the more calories you'd burn.

 

5. Don't Skip Breakfast

Some research has shown that when people skip breakfast, they tend to eat more calories by the end of the day.

 

6. Eat Low-Fat Dairy

Results from a recent Danish study suggest that we might absorb fewer fat calories from a meal when we consume calcium from low-fat dairy.

 

7. Drink 8 Cups of Water a Day

Just about everything you call on your body to do burns calories, including absorbing and utilizing water while maintaining fluid balance. Drinking almost eight cups of water (2 liters) may help burn nearly 100 extra calories a day.

 

8. Fidget

Any type of movement requires energy, and fidgeting definitely qualifies as movement.

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