Lazy guide to weight loss
These expert-approved activities will boost the burn without your ever breaking a sweat.
Get a good night’s sleep
Perhaps the easiest way to burn more kilojoules every day requires the least amount of energy – how fun is that? It’s sleeping – something we should all aim to do at least seven hours a day. “Sleep actually helps your body run better,” explains Roger E. Adams, PhD, Houston-based dietitian and nutritionist and founder of eatrightfitness.com. “What’s more: Research has shown that people who chronically get fewer than six hours of sleep per day have lower metabolic rates, higher chances of developing chronic diseases and higher rates of weight gain.”
Increase protein throughout the day
Burn kilojoules eating burgers? Yes, please. “Protein requires your body to work a little harder to digest foods than carbs and fat – it’s called the thermic effect of food,” explains Dr. Adams. “This means you burn a few extra kilojoules with higher protein snacks and meals than ones that are lower in protein.” He suggests switching up your diet by lowering your intake of added fats and simple carbs and increasing your intake of high-protein foods such as eggs, quinoa, lentils and almonds.