Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Burn Calories with Minimal Effort

Let's face it, we women will never stop complaining how fat we are, how big our butts are, how huge are thighs are, how bloated our tummies are, how flabby our arms look ... and on and on and on and on and on......

I want to maintain looking slender and healthy, if possible, for the rest of my living years but, I am weak. I love meat, I love sugar and salt. Being too busy with work, I've not been eating enough fruits/veges that are essential for my constantly moving body & mind. And not to mention the much needed exercise, which for me personally isn't so much about losing weight. It is more for building up your stamina and energy.

My office is just 5 minutes walk from the Kuching Waterfront, I have been meaning to leave the office by 5, in sweat pants and sneakers, and do brisk walking along the gorgeous waterfront... I did it once, in my Hush Puppies pumps and I actually loved it because I sweat. Had a meeting with a sponsor at the Godown Amphitheater and I thought.. why not walk?! Me being me, I walked, fast. And more thoughts..... Hey, this is kinda easy and it works!

Kuching Waterfront

But, it was only one time... I will get to doing it again soon, in sneakers of course. Just walking maaaaa... no sweat! I mean, I want to sweat!! Speaking of breaking a sweat, not everyone is crazy bout boot camps, kickboxing, miles of (nonstop) running, lifting weight, and whatever that would help you lose that extra 10 pounds. I for one do not fancy that kind of agony. Most people don't realize that a little extra effort can yield great results. Here are simple tricks & tips to boost your heart rate that yield maximum fullness for minimum calories.

1. TAKE VITAMIN D
Women who were deficient in it lost weight more slowly. Experts recommend 2,000 milligrams daily is enough.

2. DRINK COFFEE (Yes!! I love my Blog!!!)
Studies have found that caffeine increases the rate at which you burn calories.

3. SLEEP MORE
Getting fewer than four  hours of sleep over an extended period of time slows the metabolism. Experts recommend aiming for between seven to nine.

4. DO THINGS BY HAND
Wash your dishes, vacuum, or cook dinner... Doing these tasks yourself takes considerable energy.

5. EAT LIGHTLY AND OFTEN
For most people, the body uses up more energy digesting smaller meals every few hours than by eating the same number of calories in two or three sittings. 

6. MOVE BRISKLY (I guess me moving briskly and fast most of the time help maintain my weight)
Walk like you're late for a meeting.

7. LAUGH
It burns up to 50 calories if you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes per day.

8. EAT BREAKFAST
You send your body a signal that you're not starving, so it starts burning fat-even when you're just doing normal activities... Try scrambled egg whites or oatmeal with fruits.

9. TIME YOURSELF
Spend the last five minutes of each hour (set  your timer) up and moving around.

10. LOW-CARB, HIGH-FIBER foods take more time to digest than other foods, leaving you feeling fuller longer and less likely to snack.. Try spinach, broccoli, asparagus and cauliflower.

11. GO OUT OF YOUR WAY (I like this one)
At work, take the long way to the restroom-or even go up one flight of stairs.

12. FIDGET
Studies show you can burn up to 350 more calories a day than someone who remains stationary. The impulse to fidget may be hardwired, but nonfidgeters can imitate it; Tap your feet, pace or move restlessly in your seat (hhmmmm.. would annoy your colleages I must say)

13. WEAR FLATS
They help you to move quickly and faster.

14. DON'T EAT LATE AT NIGHT (dhaaaa....)
It can interrupt sleep, and may induce you to skip breakfast-bad for your metabolism.

15. STRAIGHTEN UP
Good posture not only  makes you look taller and leaner, but it strengthens your abdominal muscles. 

16. DRINK MORE
Dehydrated people experience a drop in their metabolic rate. Drinking water throughout the day caused metabolic rates to increase by about 30 percent. The goal; 8 cups a day.

17. BEWARE OF SUGAR
It triggers the body to release insulin, which then either transplants sugar to the cells to be used as energy-or stored as fat. 

18. SQUAT
When you pick up something from the floor, keep your back straight and bend at the knees, not the waist. This protects your back and tones your legs.

19. CHEW GUM
It burns a few calories-and it keeps you from mindlessly grazing, especially when  you're cooking.

20. SLEEP BETTER
A poor night's sleep causes people to choose less nutritious foods, and sleep-deprived people simply move less.

21. WALK AND TALK (...sounds like me)
Don't sit still when you take a phone call. At work, wear a headset.

22. SWITCH SIDES
Whether you're carrying a heavy bag on you shoulder or a child on your hip, swapping sides every five minutes works more muscles.

23. LISTEN TO FAST SONGS (I Likkkkkkeeee...............)
The beat forces you to keep a calorie-burning pace, especially when walking or taking stairs.

24. COOK YOU OWN FOOD
It's often healthier, and by the time you've made a meal and cleaned up, you've been on your feet a half-hour more than you would have waiting for takeout.

25. GO ON A DATE
Women tend to order foods with fewer calories when dining with a man (who's not a long-term significant other), compared with when they eat with other women.

... burn more calories here :)

2 comments:

AmirFX said...

Wahhhh... Semua idea ya leh pakei.. Kmk dah cuba setengah dari idea ya... Nice inpo...

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree. Thank you Borneo Love!

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