There are several remedies that can help you burn calories faster without starving oneself unnecessarily or doing strenuous exercise. Here are 14 great tips to help you get started on your New Year’s resolution of losing weight, burning calories faster and getting in shape in an easy and natural manner.
1. Substitute butter and margarine with healthy substitutes
Most of us love butter, but if you are consuming it in excess amounts, you will gain weight rapidly. One of the effective remedies to get healthier this year is to replace butter and margarine with heart healthy substitutes. Olive oil and coconut oil are great and so is ghee (clarified butter), and all these can be used for cooking. You can also use hummus or tahini spreads on bread instead of butter. Apple sauce, mashed bananas, low fat peanut butter, fruit spreads are some other butter replacements that can help you reduce calorie intake.
2. Make water your friend
This is one of the easiest remedies to consume fewer calories and also burn calories. When you drink more water and keep your body hydrated, your organs function better. You will also experience more energy to work-out and keep your joints supple. The best way to drink more water is to keep a full bottle near your workplace. You can also use applications like Waterlog to remind yourself to drink more. Always drink a full glass of water before all your meals. Some dieters also believe that drinking ice cold water helps burn more calories. This has not been proven but drinking up to 64 ounces of water, cold or otherwise, can certainly help you remain full longer and reduce meaningless calorie intake.
3. Quit smoking and drinking
Nicotine and alcohol are stimulants. They put excessive stress on the body and also release stress hormone called cortisol. This hormone makes one eat more and also store more fat around the mid-section. The sugar content in alcohol also triggers release of insulin which makes you hungrier.
4. Avoid ‘fat-free’ foods
The word ‘fat-free’ or ‘reduced-fat’ is a marketing gimmick. To compromise for the reduced fat, food manufacturers add artificial flavors, preservatives and tons of sugar. If you check the labels on these so called ‘healthy’ foods, you will be surprised to know that they are very high in carbs. So, in most cases, it is actually better to stick to the full fat foods as they do not have too much of sugar and actually may be healthier calorie wise.
5. Make healthy choices when eating out
We cannot avoid eating out. But when doing so, make sure to go for grilled food instead of fried items. Choose healthier side dishes like salads, fruit, applesauce, 2% milk or yogurt at fast food joints. You can also choose unsweetened/decaf tea instead of sodas and other sugary beverages. Also practice portion control as far as possible. Skip the bread basket and look for entrées with fish and chicken. Avoid deep fried foods and sauces made with butter and cream. You can even split the entrée with a partner and forego of the appetizers. If needed, you can box up half the meals before eating.
6. Eat thermogenic foods to boost metabolism
Certain spices are some of the best remedies to burn calories efficiently. Chilli flakes, Ginger cayenne pepper, green peppers, green tea and cinnamon are especially known to boost metabolism by nearly 50%. These ingredients all have a thermogenic effect on the body –this means they stimulate the body to use up calories and convert it into energy. The faster your metabolism, the faster you will burn calories and lose weight. Green tea also contains caffeine which is a stimulant that helps keep you full longer.
7. Eat negative calorie foods
Did you know there are certain foods that are actually ‘negative’ in calories? This means that your body uses up more calories to digest and burn up these foods for energy. They also speed up the metabolism. Celery, oranges, tangerine, lettuce, cucumbers etc are some examples of negative calorie foods. Look for fruits and vegetables having a high water content.
8. Heal your metabolism with frequent meals
Our lifestyles and the food we eat have all impacted our metabolism negatively. So, instead of eating 3 large meals per day like we have been erroneously taught, eat 4-6 smaller meals focusing on fresh greens, fruits and vegetables. You can also snack in between meals on nuts and seeds rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Just make sure to eat below your recommended calorie intake per day. In the beginning, your body will put on some pounds with this routine, but once you do this regularly, you will start to see the weight vanish.
9. Avoid fasting
Fasting is unnecessary and while many people fast for various reasons, doing so has very little impact on the net calorie reduction. If you do decide to go on a fast, try doing a raw food fast. Eat salads and drink green juices and smoothies. When you get plenty of foods without chemicals and preservatives, your system will automatically regulate itself and start burning up calories.
10. Burn calories at home and work
Not everyone has the time to get to the gym. But there are many tricks you can use to burn calories at home and work. You can clean up your house, especially the bath and toilets. Scrubbing, mopping, and sweeping all have a calorie burning effect and you also end up with a cleaner home. Activities like gardening, mowing the lawn are also fun ways to burn calories. You can even skip or jump rope in between breaks at work. These short bursts of high intensity workouts help you get in shape and are some of the best ways to burn calories. You could go on short 10 minute walks in the lunch hour or even take up fun dance, aerobics or Zumba-like exercises. You can also do the navel squeeze and the buttock squeeze when you drive or as you run errands. Clenching the buttocks, stomach muscles and thighs tightly and relaxing them can reduce cellulite. Do this 10 times.
11. Choose a diet plan that suits you best
There are many diet plans-low carb, paleo diet, ketogenic diet etc. Every diet has its advantages and disadvantages. To stick with a diet, you need to choose one that suits your lifestyle best. The diet should keep you satisfied; you should not feel deprived. So-do your research well. You will soon discover that persistence is the key to success and you will find a plan that brings you desired results.
12. Choose exercises that bring fast results
All the above best remedies to burn calories faster will not give desired results without the right exercise. Here are some of the best exercises that bring fast results as far as calorie burning goes:
- Running at 8miles per hour-986 calories
- Rollerblading-913 cal per hour
- Jump rope-713 cal per hour
- Basketball-584 cal per hour
Yoga is also a great way to burn calories faster. Start with simple poses like Cat pose and Child pose. These help stretch the spine and reduce net weight gain around the belly region. Focus on taking deep breaths for 8-10 times. You will feel relaxed and ready to take on the day with these simple stretches.
13. Take the best vitamins for fat burning
Many vitamins help burn calories effectively. B-vitamins especially help turn food into energy rather than storing it as fat. Calcium is also necessary for burning fat and for weight management. Numerous studies have shown that taking a daily supplement containing calcium or drinking 3 glasses of low fat milk every day can help you lose weight. Vitamin C also protects the body from stress and boosts metabolism.
14. Get adequate rest
People who do not sleep and rest well tend to have higher stress levels. These in turn lead to carb gain and needless calorie stuffing. So, try and rest well between workouts and at night to burn calories efficiently. You can even practice deep breathing, Yoga and T’ai Chi etc to lower stress and relax the mind.
These 14 steps are proven remedies to burn calories efficiently.