12 Weight Loss Secrets (1/4)

One frustrating thing about trying to lose weight is the snail's pace at which the pounds seem to drop off. The more weight you lose, the harder your body fights to hold on to the calories it gets and the fewer calories it burns. But what if you could turbo-change your weight loss efforts? You can by boosting your metabolism with these helpful tips.

1. Try Interval Training

Walk for the same mount of time at the same intensity day in and day out and your body will get as bored with your workout as you do. Throw in some variety with interval training, which involves changing the intensity of your workout throughout your exercise session. Every 5 minutes of your walk, jog for 1 minute. Every 5 minutes of your bike ride, shift into a higher gear and pedal hard for a minute. If you swim, speed up every other length. You’ll burn more calories in the same amount of time.


2. Fidget

People who drum their fingers or bounce their knees burn at least 500kcal a day. That adds up to losing 1lb. (0.5kg) a week.


3. Use a Squeeze Ball

Keep a squeeze ball with you and use it frequently throughout the day. It’s one of the few exercises you can do at any time. You’ll build up the muscles in your hands – and muscle, wherever it is, burns a lot of calories.

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