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6 Sneaky Ways to Burn More Calories and Lose Weight Faster

6 Sneaky Ways to Burn More Calories and Lose Weight Faster

You can stay lean by just including a little exercise in your daily schedule. There are several ways of losing calories and maintaining a lean and healthy body.

You do not have to follow a strict regimen to keep your weight because there are other ways as well. You can do that by maintaining a clean, healthy and balanced diet. You can also use weight loss supplements, but it is better to go for the healthier options. The weight gain is a serious problem especially for people who spend their day sitting behind a desk. Too much sitting can result in greater risks of diabetes or cancer. It can also increase inflammation, insulin levels and it may slow down the metabolism.

Here are some sneaky ways of losing weight and you will not even realize that you are burning fat, and they will also make your day much more fun.

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1. Get Up and Walk Around

Nowadays people spend too much time sitting behind a desk. The use of computers have increased a lot, and people do not get involved in physical activities. When people are not at office sitting at their desk, they will be sitting on their sofas at home watching television or using their phones. With the increased use of technology, interacting on social media has become a new form of social gathering.

If you want to burn more calories, you need to get off your sofa and move around. Even when you are watching television, you should get up during the commercials and move around because even standing up can burn calories. Walking helps in burning about three to five times as many calories.

2. Taking the Stairs

Nowadays every building has elevators, but using elevators are not going to assist you in burning many calories. Whenever you have a choice between stairs and elevators, try to take the stairs.

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Using the stairs is an excellent way of burning extra fat and staying smart and healthy. According to a study, you can burn more calories by taking one step at a time. Use the benefit of the stairs whenever you can.

3. Walking or Cycling to Work

If you are not living too far from your workplace, then it is better to walk or cycle to work instead of taking a cab or driving a car. It will not just save you money or keep the planet clean; it will also keep you fit and healthy.

Cycling is an excellent way of burning calories. It is also a pretty enjoyable activity, and you will not get easily bored with it. Cycling or walking to work will help in sneaking the exercise that you need every day.

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4. Spicing Up the Food

According to research eating spicy food filled with chili pepper helps in boosting the metabolic rate. It assists in burning more and more calories. You can make some adjustments to your diet and lead a healthy and fit life.

You just need to spice things up a little, and you will not even notice the change. You can also lose some extra calories by chewing gum. Be sure to use sugarless gum so that it does not result in cavities in your teeth.

5. Getting Busy With Household Chores

You can help yourself by getting involved with all the household chores. Cleaning the house, changing fitted sheets, cooking meals, etc. are a good way of exercising your muscles.

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Once you start thinking of your chores as a way of maintaining a fit body and mind, you will start enjoying the tasks. These tasks are essential for the maintenance of you home as well. You can keep a clean home and burn some extra fat as well.

6. Take Your Time While Shopping

Shopping is an exhausting activity. You can burn a lot of calories by walking through the aisles and looking through all the shops. It is an excellent opportunity to walk and exercise. So whenever you go shopping try to walk through every aisle and look through all the shops. It will help in keeping up with all the trends and fashions while burning the extra calories.

These are some of the activities that are enjoyable and not stressful at all which makes them perfect for maintaining a fit physique.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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