Losing weight boils down to moving more and consuming less, but burning calories is no easy feat! Huffington Post has found that there are a few things you can do to help your metabolism along and burn off a few extra calories!
Get your giggle on: It's no joke: genuine laughter may cause a 10- to 20-percent increase in basal energy expenditure and resting heart-rate, according to a study published in theInternational Journal of Obesity. That means a 10- to 15-minute giggle fest could burn up 40 to 170 calories. Let me hear you lol!
Cool it in the bedroom: A striking new study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that simply turning on the AC may subtly transform a person's stores of brown fat -- "good" fat, stimulated by cold temperatures, that serves to keep us warm by burning through "bad" fat stores. Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: a neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the men had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. Cool!
Pile on the mild peppers: It's well reported that fiery capsaicin (think: hot sauce, cayenne, chilies) can rev up the metabolism, but study findings presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, California, showed similar weight loss potential in dihydrocapsiate (DCT), the non-spicy cousin of hot peppers. Participants who ate the most DCT experienced a metabolic boost that was nearly double the placebo group! Bottom line: pile on the poblanos!
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