Statistics show that with the New Year, not only will most of us be buying new calendars, but we’ll most likely be looking for new diets and new exercise equipment in order to get healthier, newer bodies.
Despite the fact that most diets are doomed to fail, based on research done throughout the decades, the more knowledge you have about what makes you gain weight, the more likely you are to use it to your advantage.
So we’ve compiled some recent studies to see what can help you burn the most calories to help you deplete your fat stores and start shaping up in the new year.
Your Body Is Designed to Burn Calories
Even though sometimes it can feel like you never burn any of the calories that you eat and that every ounce of energy goes directly to your problem areas, you were made to burn calories.
Every single thing you do, whether you’re sleeping, eating or just breathing, requires calories to be burned.
We Are All Unique
This phrase usually inspires some warm, cuddly feelings in most people, but it can actually mean that the same exercises that your neighbor does to stay so fit and trim can actually burn fewer calories when done in your body.
Although there are many uncontrollable things that determine your basal metabolic rate, or the rate at which you burn calories while completely at rest, there are a few that can be tampered with.
Increase Your Cardio
It’s been said before, but not only do cardio workouts help you burn calories in the moment, but they can keep you burning calories all day long.
In fact, one study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reported that people who pedaled a stationary bike as hard as they could for 47 minutes were shown to burn 190 more calories for 14 hours after.
Ever wondered why men can typically eat more than women without gaining as much weight? Most of it is due to the fact that one pound of muscle fries 3 times as many calories as one pound of fat.
This means that by building more muscle in your body, you’ll be able to burn more calories even when you’re not doing as much.
Although it might run contrary to what so many crash dieters believe, eating more throughout the day can actually help you lose weight rather than gain it.
Allowing your blood sugar levels to dip will mean that your body will break down any tissue, including muscle to get glucose to supply your brain with energy.
In fact, even eating a healthy snack before bedtime can keep your blood sugar levels high enough to ensure that you’re even burning a good amount of calories while you sleep.