From intense workout sessions at the gym to following a strict diet every day, surely losing weight requires a lot of discipline. But burning calories has to be a cumbersome, serious task, all the frickin’ time-said no one ever.
Nope, we’re not referring to the fun dance workouts and aqua yoga you do to take a break from your regular workout. We’re talking about completely whacky, out-of-the-box, and well—unexpected ways of burning a few extra calories.
Here we present five of the craziest ways to burn calories and lose weight. P.S. They’re all science-backed, so you better believe ‘em.
1. A vacation in icy-cold lands
Living in cold conditions-then be it Antarctica or frozen Manali during winter months-can help you shed that extra weight off. That is of course, if you manage to keep your hands off the piping-hot Maggie bowls, hot chocolate, and gajar ka halwa.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, exposure to colder temperatures can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories by activating the brown-fat deposits in your body. This type of fat is responsible for maintaining your body heat. And obviously at a colder temperature, your body needs to burn more of it to keep you warm.
2. Or simply drink cold water
If your budget and tight schedule leaves you with no option but to ignore the vacay suggestion, then you can try this one at home, especially now that summer is here.
Several studies including the one published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, have proven cold water to be quite a calorie burner as drinking it can make the body work extra hard to warm up the water to match your body temperature.
3. Binge watch a comedy show
Whether it’s a hilarious episode of FRIENDS, a masala comedy flick, or simply our desi Kapil Sharma tickling your laughter bone–whatever makes you laugh can also make you burn more calories and thus, help you lose weight.
As per a study conducted in 2007, laughing during movies can increase your metabolic rate by up to 20% and help you burn more calories. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?
4. Hug it out
A study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University found that hugging someone special for an hour can make you burn almost 70 calories. In fact, kissing can burn an extra eight to 10 calories, while a passionate session between the sheets can also get your heart rate up and make you burn a few extra calories. So, how about you starting out with a hug and taking it from there? Seek love and weight loss—both at once, we say!
5. Keep texting girls!
Now this is a pleasant surprise, don’t you think? While texting for an hour can make you burn almost 40 extra calories, texting about your diet, exercise, and fitness progress can keep you motivated to stay consistent in your fitness journey and achieve your fitness goals as per a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
So that’s it folks! Do let us know in the comments below how you like our crazy-yet science-backed-suggestions to burn more calories. Until next time. Toodles!