Not everybody is a fan of working out in the gym. But weight is something that a lot of us worry about. Simply because, if the scales tip too much this way or that, it can lead to health issues that no one wants to deal with. A healthy human body needs to maintain a balance when it comes to weight — one that is in accordance with several factors, including age. So what can be done to ensure that the body is rid of excess calories? Here are some unconventional ways that may seem like a stretch, but are actually helpful.
Exposure to cold
If you want to burn calories, embrace the cold weather. Science says that when the temperatures dip, the body’s metabolism increases. According to a study published in the journal Diabetes, those who slept in rooms cooled to 19 degrees burned more than 7 per cent more calories than those who slept in warmer rooms. This is because bodies work harder to raise the temperature, and burn up calories in the process.
Drinking cold water
The benefits of cold water are many. When looking to lose weight, staying hydrated is the key. Experts say that water temporarily boosts metabolism in — normal and overweight — adults and children. That is because when the body receives cold water, it begins to warm it so it can reach the normal body temperature, thus increasing the metabolic rate.
You know when they ‘laughter is the best medicine’, they mean this. Laughing is said to improve mental and physical health. And according to a study, it also burns calories by increasing the metabolic rate by 10-20 per cent. The said study was conducted on 45 couples who were made to watch humorous and serious films.
Albeit temporarily, blood donation can help get rid of calories. When you donate blood, the body uses the energy to replenish the protein, red blood cells and other components, thereby burning calories in the process. Obviously, this is not something that you do every day, but by donating blood once every few months, you do your body great help.
Chewing gums can give you a sense of fullness and reduce your calorie intake. This activity suppresses your urges, so you snack a little less. According to a study conducted in the past, chewing a gum for 20 minutes after each meal increases the metabolic rate, as oppposed to not chewing gum. Remember to choose sugar-free gums for the sake of your teeth, though.