Everyone seems to want to count and burn calories, but the big question is how. The answer is there’s three main ways the body expends calories. We’ll talk about these and additional methods of fanning the calorie burning flames. It should be said before we go further that calories are just a part of your overall health, and that you should consult your doctor/nutritionist before making any significant changes. That being said, let’s feel the burn!
Our Basil Metabolic Rate is approximately 60% of the proverbial fire with which we burn calories and happens simply by existing. Finding your rate is important, because it varies person to person and if you’re taking in more calories than you’re burning your body stores them as fat (aka lipids). Building muscle is a great way to increase your metabolic rate! A pound of muscle uses around 50 calories a day.
A body in motion burns calories! This movement is typically 30% of the total calorie burning your body does. From scratching your nose to lifting weights, exerting force costs calories. The more intense the motion, the more calories you’ll burn. Aerobic exercise burns more and continues for several hours afterwards. Also, try trading in some of your sedentary activities (ex: watching tv) for active activities like walking or playing sports will help too.
Ever think about why you get tired after eating a large meal? It’s dietary thermogenesis! This is the calories burned in the process of eating, digesting, and using the food we eat. If you eat little meals often you’ll keep this system working all day long. Additionally, eating spicy foods can raise the metabolic rate by up to 50% for 3 hours.
So to recap:
Build muscle to increase your metabolic rate
Be active in your daily life
Try some aerobic exercise
Eat little meals often
Experiment with spicy foods.