By Sreejan Guha Niyogi Last Updated:
Well, you have followed all those weight loss diets and attended several monotonous gym sessions. But, the weighing machine still shows the same number. And, now you have finally given up the idea of losing weight.
Well, do not lose hope! We have a solution for you. Here are a few amusing, yet easy ways to shed off your excess fat. So, practise them and flaunt your curves.
Cold showers, especially early in the morning, help you to burn your calories. When you take a shower, your body temperature still maintains its internal temperature (37 degree Celsius). It is this temperature difference which shoots your metabolic rate, thereby making you lose weight. This process helps you to burn as much as 100 calories. Early morning showers are important because they burn calories fresh out of your system. As the day progresses, the process becomes less effective.
Based on the same principle as taking cold showers; this is actually a great technique (provided you do not fall ill). Contrary to the popular belief that 'cold water solidifies body fat', it actually helps you to burn calories. This happens because the body requires more energy to warm up the cold water. More the energy it takes, greater the calories are burnt. This can help you lose up to 5-10 calories.
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Well, it is rightly said that laughter is the best medicine. Even a study has revealed that people, who laugh and speak more, tend to stay in better shape. When you speak and laugh, these activities increase your heartbeat, and your heart pumps blood faster. Most importantly, they increase your body heat, giving way to a faster metabolism. So, next time try participating in a discussion, crack a few jokes, and laugh heartily. Half an hour of laughter can get rid of at least 100 calories.
Finally, here is some exciting news for all you shopaholics out there! Shopping is actually a very good exercise, both for your mind and body. When you shop, the release of serotonin makes you feel happy and at ease. Besides this, the various body movements (walking, hand movements to pick up things or speaking while bargaining) during shopping burn at least 150-200 calories. But, remember not to go for a snack right after you shop, otherwise, you will gain back all that you have lost.
Now, this might confuse you a little, but it is a true and logical technique. When you watch a horror film, the adrenaline rush, stress hormones and neuroreceptors work at par to help you get rid of some of your excess calories. So sitting at home, you can lose up to 140 calories the next time you are watching The Exorcist or The Ring.
So, you thought shedding those calories was difficult? Well, follow these tips and lose weight happily.