6 essential steps to burning more calories

Follow our calorie-slashing tips to lose weight faster.

Stay active
Stay active
07 Dec 2015

Stay active

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Sitting around too much in the office and leading a sedentary lifestyle will lead to low metabolism. It may be hard to avoid sitting down all the time, but what you can do is try to take short breaks during work and go for a quick walk round the block or do some stretching. Lunchtime workouts might be a good idea, too.

Get enough sleep
Get enough sleep
07 Dec 2015

Get enough sleep

A lot of people underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. The body needs ample rest to recover from your daily activities, especially if you exercise. A lack of sleep will not enable your body to function properly and it puts more stress on the body, hence affecting your metabolism and storing more fat than necessary. 

Drink more water
Drink more water
07 Dec 2015

Drink more water

Many people are afraid of drinking more water because they fear water retention. Ironically, you have to drink more water to avoid water retention. Once your body recognises that you are getting enough water, it will not retain any. Water is also needed to burn fat, so please drink up!

Intensify your workouts
Intensify your workouts
07 Dec 2015

Intensify your workouts

You may be clocking in the runs or the yoga classes whenever you find time within your hectic work schedule, but that’s not enough to spike your metabolism. Throw some high-intensity interval training into the mix, as that will shoot the heart rate higher and keep the body burning at a higher caloric rate for next 24 to 48 hours.

Don't undereat
Don't undereat
07 Dec 2015

Don't undereat

Under eating is just as bad as overeating. Too often, people go on low-calorie diets thinking they can lose weight faster by eating less or not eating at all. However, when you do that, your body will go into starvation mode and end up storing more food (and fat) than needed. Don’t be afraid to snack, just snack wisely.

Add enough protein to your diet
Add enough protein to your diet
07 Dec 2015

Add enough protein to your diet

Protein is needed to fuel muscle mass, so you need it to keep your muscle (which is needed to burn fat) and also to build new muscle. Don’t worry — you’re not going to put on massive amounts of mass just by loading on protein. Protein also helps to keep you full, so remember your fish, egg whites, chicken and nuts.

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