When it comes to losing weight and/or keeping fit, the math is pretty simple. You need to exercise more and eat less (calories). Creating a caloric deficit is the way to go, but that is easier said than done, especially when you start thinking about dessert. We’re not saying exercise isn’t important – what we are saying is you can burn up to 500 calories a day just by doing these things:
We’re serious. People who fidget burn around 350 more calories than those who are still all day. This includes tapping your foot, walking around while you’re on the phone and of course – taking the stairs.
Don’t eat in front of the TV
You’ll eat up to 288 calories more, research says. Eat at the table and you’ll ingest less calories. Oh, and one more thing – trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that’s 527 calories burned with practically no effort.
Eat from a smaller plate
The bigger the plate, the bigger the serving, so if you eat from a smaller plate, you will eat 20 to 25% less. That alone should save up to 500 calories. Oh, and you won’t feel any less full.
Get more sleep
Wait, what? It’s true – if you’re not getting enough sleep, you might end up eating more. If you do get enough sleep, you can save about 1,087 calories.
Skip the soda
Here we go again with the simple math – a 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories. If you drink two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories. You know what also quenches your thirst and has no calories? Water. Drink that.