Stop sweating it out at the gym, and simplify your strategy with these easy and effective suggestions.
Drink plain ice water
Not only does water have zero calories, but when it’s very cold, you actually burn calories warming and absorbing it.
Once you finish burning those calories, your metabolic rate remains 30 percent higher than before you quaffed the liquid for another 90 minutes!
So keep yourself hydrated by leaving a glass of ice water next to you all day, and continually sipping from it.
Eat hot peppers to rev your metabolism
Forget those pricey diet pills, this simple and inexpensive food may turbocharge your weight loss.
Hot peppers not only liven up a meal, but some studies show that very spicy foods can temporarily increase your metabolism, or the rate at which you burn calories.
Some enticing uses for hot peppers: Spice up your morning omelette with minced jalapeño, or fire up some beef stew with half a diced banana pepper.
Walk the stairs
Just four minutes of stair climbing a day can lead to a four-pound weight loss in just a year, says Michelle Cederberg, a Canadian fitness and wellness consultant.
Here’s the math: An average 160-pound person will burn about 50 calories climbing up stairs for four minutes.
If that same person takes the stairs for the same length of time five days a week, by the end of the year he’ll burn about 12,700 calories, or about four pounds of fat.