8 Ways to Burn Calories and Fight Fat
These healthy habits may help give your body a calorie-burning boost.
6. Eat Low-Fat Dairy
The calcium from low-fat dairy doesn't specifically help burn more calories,
but it may do a couple of things to help discourage body fat. Results from a
recent Danish study suggest that we might absorb fewer fat calories from a meal
when we consume calcium from low-fat dairy.
In another recent study, eating more calcium-rich foods -- including low-fat
dairy products -- appeared to be linked to lower amounts of belly fat,
particularly in young adult white males.
7. Drink 8 Cups of Water a Day
"Just about everything you call on your body to do burns calories,
including absorbing and utilizing water while maintaining fluid balance
(sometimes by excreting excess)," says Pope.
Drinking almost eight cups of water (2 liters) may help burn nearly 100
extra calories a day, according to findings of a small study from Germany,
That may not sound like much, but it could add up to 700 calories a week or
2,800 calories a month. And that's by doing something we should do anyway to
keep our intestines and kidneys happy, and to help keep us from confusing
hunger. (Pope does add a caution not to overdo it; it is possible to drink
dangerous amounts of water.)
Any type of movement requires energy, and fidgeting definitely qualifies as
"Older studies suggest additional calories can be burned each day with
fidgeting," says Pope.
One study even found that informal movement such as fidgeting may be more
important than formal workouts in determining who is lean and who is obese.
Diet and exercise are good topics to discuss with your doctor. Before
starting a new exercise regimen or supplementing your diet, it would be good to
talk it over with your doctor. If you have certain medical conditions or are
taking certain medications, there may
be activities or
dietary supplements that you should avoid.