Six Unusual Ways To Boost Burning Calories – I Dare You To Try #6

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The body is designed to burn calories in order to keep us healthy and to lose weight. The standard way for anyone to burn calories is to move more. says Dr. Barry M. Popkin,PhD, who is the director of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and that "Essentially,we know of no way to burn more calories or up our metabolism than to move more,"

We also know that eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy exercise regimen and making it consistent with the use of  home gym equipment is also very effective ways in burning calories and lose weight. Do you know that they are some very unusual ways that can implement to enable you to boost the way your body burns fat?

In this article, we want to introduce some six unique and unconventional ways to boost burning Calories in your body.

1. Exposure to cold temperatures.

exposing your body to very cold temperatures may help to increase your metabolic rate by increasing the stimulation of Brown fat or Brown adipose tissue (BAT) activity in your body and is one of the ways to boost burning calories. We as humans have two different types of fat tissue. i.e. The white fat and brown

The white fat is used by our bodies to store excess energy in the form of triglycerides while the brown fat is in charge of burning stored energy as heat. In other words, Brown fat is a composition of thermogenic adipocytes that actually turns chemical energy into heat energy. It becomes active when a body is in need of extra heat.

New born babies have an abundance of this brown fat because it is designed to give them protection from cold temperatures especially as they had been developing for months in the womb under warm temperatures, but as they become older, the brown fat starts to diminish and lessens, and the white fat becomes dominant which is used by adults to store excess fat.

In fact, if we were able as adults to turn some white fat into brown fat, we would live more healthily and would be very comfortable in a colder environment. “Turning white fat into brown fat is an appealing therapeutic approach to staunching the obesity epidemic, but it has been difficult to do so in a safe and effective way,” said study leader Domenico Accili, MD, professor of Medicine and the Russell Berrie Foundation Professor at CUMC". More research is being carried out on this.

So as adults, how do we stimulate brown fat activitin our bodies?

One of the ways the body defends itself from chronic exposure to cold is through the production of brown fat and according to studies conducted in 2014 by researchers of the National Institutes of Health it showed that spending a considerable amount of time in the cold would not only
stimulate brown fat to make them more active but can actually help your body to grow new brown fat cell thereby increasing your metabolism.

It should then be evident that individuals suffering from obesity do have very minimal brown fat cells as compared to lean people. It is not hard to imagine that as babies, our bodies used brown fat to protect us from cold, it stands that it can still stimulate the small brown fat remaining in our system and thus increase the fat burning process since every individual still maintains a certain level of brown fat cell although the amount varies in
every individual.

​We have provided facts to prove that exposure to cooler temperatures can lead to an increase in fat burning because of the increase of brown fat cells in the dody as it tries to protect itself from getting cold.

2. drinking of cold water?

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Recommending the drinking cold water has to be given with some precautions because there are pros and cons in drinking cold water and anyone trying to use this method to burn calories must be aware of the pros and cons.

Water is a very important life's ingredient and there cannot be life without water.Scientists know that wherever there is water there is some form of life. In dieting, especially to lose weight an increase in water intake is highly recommended. A lot of evidence exist to prove that drinking water to help increase metabolism is very effective and resulting in faster weight loss.

But the question is, can cold water do a better job in helping to boost metabolism and thus burn fat more than regular room temperature water,
resulting in an even faster weight loss?

Does Drinking Cold Water Help Burn Calories Even Faster?

Sudies have been carried out to prove  that drinking water can used for normal and overweight children and adults to help them to temporarily boost their metabolism. Some other studies have also suggested that there are several advantages in drinking cold water. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

To understand these we must know the concept behind the caloric calculation because it can be sometimes confusing. A calorie is defined as a unit of heat.

One calorie is scientifically defined as the amount of energy that is needed to heat up one gram of water by one degree Celcius. This is calorie with a lower case c and is measured in grams. But not to be confused with the calories that are in food labels or recommended in dieting.

This calorie is measured in 1000 food calories with upper case C and is measured in kilograms. also called Kilocalorie. Which means that your CAN of soda that has a label of 200 Calories would actually contain 200,000 Kilocalories.

I hope you are not confused. The very same definition applies to the burning of calories with the small c. Burning 1 calorie (lower case c) is equivalent to burning 1000 calories (upper case C). This distinction is vital since the definition of a calorie is based on the lower case c which states that a gram or small c calorie is the approximate amount or energy that is required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water to 1 degree Celcius at one atmospheric pressure.

Now that we have the definition out of the way, we should now focus on whether drinking cold water would aid in burning calories. To understand this, we have to know that for fat to burn, it has to melt away. Our body is designed to keep us warm at a certain temperature, 37 degrees Celcius, and under normal circumstances, it will do all it can to maintain that temperature because heat being a form of energy, it gives us strength.

If that temperature is threatened by cold water, it will try to raise back your temperature by burning fat. To explain this, let's say that you drink 16 ounces of cold water that has a temperature of 0 degree Celcius.

This is about 470 grams of-of very cold water. since your body under normal health maintains a temperature of 37 degrees, your body will immediately struggle to raise back your temperature because it has 470 grams of cold water making it very uncomfortable. By doing so it is forced to burn fat.

Since drinking cold water would force the body to raise its temperature,it therefore stand that, the body would have to trigger its mechanism to maintain its temperature by burning calories. It is recommended that drinking 64 ounces fo cold water each day would help you burn about 70 Caloriesdaily

Researchers in the International Journal of Obesity found that resting energy expenditure (REE) which is the actual amount of calories needed to maintaining our body when at rest. In overweight children, it increased
after drinking cold water.

The researchers did theorize that more calories can be burned if REE is increased and theorized that the drinking of cold water by the children might have caused their inactive muscles, on a metabolic level, to become active without them increasing their movement

Warnings for Drinking Cold Water.

Although the benefits outweigh the risk, we had already said from the beginning that drinking cold water can have some negative effects on some individuals. Every individual is different in the way their bodies function and responds to whatever they take.

Some people have a very low body external temperature. I say external because they always feel cold and can hardly drink anything below room temperature. To such, I would say they should stay away.

For those who do not have this problem and want to try this method, they should do it moderately. If you are doing exercise, there is a tendency for you to drink too much water. The risk is that you might not be replacing the electrolytes your body is losing.

If you want to try this method, you should start with a little, and then see how your body would react to it and then increase you intake.

We can now conclude that drinking cold water is effective in temporarily boosting calorie burning, however the effective strength may vary from one individual to the next

3. Chewing Gum.

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Gum chewing is a very popular habit that most people have practiced doing on a regular basis and do it mindlessly. Some do it because they want to toward off bad breath or satisfy a craving for chewing gum. But did you know that chewing gum has some surprisingly good heath benefits and can even prevent the development of certain advert heat conditions?

It can help in concentration, make you feel less sleepy by creating alertness, increases blood flow to the brain, suppress appetite, prevent tooth decay with sugarless brands, prevent acid reflux and many other heath benefits. In fact, research studies involving students have shown that those students who chew gum during tests tend to score higher than those who did not.

But we want to address in this article the benefit of chewing gum as it relates to burning calories.Chewing gum has been known to suppress hunger giving you a sense of fullness and thus reducingthe amount of calories you consume. Evidence also exist that shows that your metabolism can have a boost with the aid of chewing gum. 5, 6, 78

In a small study carried out with normal weight men, it was proven that they burned a lot more calories when they did chew gum as they were given food on four separate occasions with and without gums.

In another study that involved thirty young women and men, their metabolic rate increased when they ate gum as they were given gum to chew for twenty minutes after each meal compared to when they did not chew gum.

We have seen that the benefits of chewing gum are enormous but not all chewing gums are safe. Sugar-containing gum can produce a health risk. Although it increases saliva flow, it also contains sugar that can be taken advantage of, by the plaque bacteria, by feeding them to produce tooth decay causing acids.

When you go out to buy chewing gum you should look for gum labels that carry the (American Dental Association) seal because they are sugar-free gums. With that seal, you can trust the claims that are being made on the
packages because those companies have been vetted by the ADA and with their seal, it means the information on the package is accurate and does what it says and contain what it says it contains.

4. Donate Bood.

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One of the unconventional ways to burn calories is to donate blood. Although this method is effective it is a pointan time activity that cannot be sustained. How many times can someone donate blood if their goal for
doing so is to burn calories? This is one of those things that you just have to know for yourself but not to do continually.

The minimum amount of time to wait before donating blood again is 56 days and you must meet all the eligibility requirements each time you to donate blood which includes a minimum weight of 110 pounds based on the Red Cross standards, and a more additional weight requirements for donors under 18. Your blood should maintain a very high level of iron, and you should not be on a weight loss diet.

According to the University of California, San Diego, the body burns about six hundred and fifty calories during blood replenishment in your system after donating blood. This takes about two days from the time the
blood is being donated. The caloric burning is caused by your blood's need to use energy to synthesize new red blood cells, protein, and other blood components to replenish what has already been lost.

​Some of the several health benefits that can be derived from donating blood will include but not limited to increasing antioxidant activity, heart disease rik reduction and lowering inflammatory markers. 9, 10

Bottom line: Not only do you get some health benefits like increasing the number of calories you would burn when you donate blood, you are also saving lives.

5. Laugh Regularly


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We have already seen that the body must burn more calories when we move any part of our body. Actually, the body burns calories even if it is at rest but not significant enough to have any heath benefit. We burn calories even when we sleep and when resting. But does laughing involves body movement? You bet! Laughing is an activity that requires muscle movement.

Although this mouth muscle movement burns calories, it is very little. The most caloric burning derived from laughing come from the effect of laughing that helps to increase your heart rate by about 10 to 20 percent, as a result of this, your metabolism would increase as well. Which means that once you stop laughing, the burning it derives stops.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have revealed that if you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes, you will burn between 10 to 40 calories. Laughing not only burns calories, it also improves several aspects of your physical and mental health. These include alertness, arterial function, and memory.

A study was conducted where 45 couples were made to watch movies that were humorous or serious and the researchers found that as they laughed a lot during the funny movies, their metabolic rate got increased by 10 to 20 percent. Laughing causes the body to reduce muscle tension, exercises the heart with an increase in the blood oxygen levels and releases happy brain chemicals called endorphins. These all help to improve overall health. 11, 12, 13, 14

6.Fitget Regularly


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Fidgeting is the act that involves moving body parts restlessly. This might be as a result of agitation, boredom, nervousness,or a combination of them, and sometimes involves finger tapping on a fixture, restless leg movement or key ring spinning, just to name a few, and for the most part, they are done impulsively

What is good about fidgeting is that unlike donating blood to burn calories that come with all limitation for sustainability, fidgeting can be sustainable because it can be a continuous action as most of it is triggered on impulse.

According to new research by the mayo clinic tiny but consistent exercises performed on regularbases can produce the same results as less frequent rigorous exercises. Tapping a pen on the desk, wiggling your feet, or spinning your keys are all fidgeting activities.

They are exercises in small doses but frequent. The reason fidgeting can be so effective in burningcalries is because it is usually triggered by impulse. Those who fidget frequently are hardwired so there is little thinking effort needed to do this.

Researchers have found out that compulsory fidgeters can burn up to ten times more calories daily than individuals who do not suffer from uncontrollable movement. For a non-compulsory fidgeter to have some
measurable effect in burning calories through fidgeting, they would need to fidget for at least through five minutes at a time and for about eight to ten times a day.

In a study, individuals who were fidgeting while standing or sitting did burn 5 to 6 times more calories than when they stood still or sat. 15,

Another study revealed that people with more weight exhibited a considerable increase in their metabolic rate than standing still or sitting  16,

NEAT(call non-exercise activity thermogenesis) makes a very big contribution in burning calories because it is a way of burning up energy without consciously exercising. Researchers tested this theory by giving
some volunteers 1,000 daily food calories for eight weeks. They realized that some of them put on more weight than others, and they concluded that this was as a result of NEAT.

​Because fidgeting is almost an effortless way to burn calories some experts are encouraging individual especially those who are overweight, to incorporate it, with other forms of activities that require no effort as part of their daily lives. 17, 18

In conclusion, most of the people who fidget do so out of impulse or agitation, but it can still be implemented by any individual who can deliberately want to use this method as one of the ways to boost burning calories, especially if they are overweight, because it just requires that the individual just stands or sits with little or no body movement.