Do you get jealous of people who seem to always stay in shape with little to no effort? It’s true that there are factors such as genetics and a healthy lifestyle, but there are more factors that help these people stay slim.
FeedFond has compiled a list of surprising factors that will keep you stay thin and fit without stepping foot in the gym.
Check them out and see if you or your friends do any already!
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#10 Belly-slimming laugh
Laughter is the best medicine—not only will it lift your mood, but it’s an effortless way to burn calories. Laughing through a mere 15-minute comedy film or stand-up comedy will burn up to 40 calories. Laughter also releases a feel-good hormone called serotonin which reduces appetite.
#9 Lose-the-belly dance
Dancing can be a fun weight loss program. It doesn’t matter if you like a slow waltz or disco, jamming with friends can burn up to 600 calories. Doing a crazy dance might look odd to a passerby, but you’ll lose that belly faster than you can imagine! Even swaying at a concert for an hour will cancel out a tasty 230-calorie of McDonald’s French Fries.
#8 Hot-and-heavy sex
Sex is probably one of the best workouts you can do outside the gym. A 30-minute lasting intercourse will burn about 160 calories. A similar amount of foreplay will burn about 55 calories.
#7 Pound-dropping shopping
A solid hour of clothes shopping can burn up to 180 calories. Grocery shopping for the same amount of time with all the heavy lifting will burn approximately 260 calories. Just make sure you don’t give into cravings while shopping! According to Dr. Holly Lofton, Director of Weight Management Program at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, “Snacking while shopping will be counter-effective”.
#6 Stand-up work
Did you know that doing your work while standing at a desk can burn about an extra 2 calories per minute, as opposed to sitting? According to Mira Rasmussen, an exercise physiologist at the Obesity Action Coalition—an obesity advocacy group—leads to a weight loss of 16 to 20 pounds a year. Similarly, pacing in the office for two hours a week will lead to a weight loss of about 10 pounds, as per Rasmussen’s estimation.
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#5 Singing at-the-top-of-your-lungs
If you are shying away from singing your favorite tunes—even if the privacy of your home or your car—you are missing out on a great weight-loss exercise. Singing can burn around 136 calories. You also get bonus weight-reduction points for dancing to your own tunes!
#4 Cut-the-fat cooking
Although it’s much easier to pick up a meal on your way home, cooking your meal at home actually helps you lose weight. It’s not only the healthy food but 30 minutes in the kitchen with all the chopping, stirring and moving around can burn up to 100 calories. Besides, home cooked meals taste amazing!
#3 Shiver-me thinner
Nobody likes the cold, but that sub-zero temperature at your office is probably helping you from gaining weight. Your body burns a lot of calories trying to keep warm. A recent study found that people burned 438 more calories in a 60-degree room than those in an 81-degree room. You don’t have to be at a freezing temperature, just being in a chilly room will burn about 18 calories in an hour.
#2 Lean-sweep housework
Get off your butt and burn some calories by cleaning the house. On average, it burns about 110 calories for a man and 95 calories for a woman to do a half hour work of sweeping and vacuuming.
#1 Brain-work burn
If you are really focusing on your work, you are actually burning an additional 1.5 calories per minute. The brain can suck up to 20% of your daily total calories. Do some mental work like a crossword puzzle or solve a Rubik’s cube to amp up your brain usage.
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