Beginner Weight Loss Tips: Simple Ways to Burn More Calorie

Fit with chrisLosing weight and getting into shape can be a long process. However, you do not have to completely reinvent your life in order to burn additional calories and begin to live a healthier lifestyle. In fact, there are a number of simple steps that you can take that will result in burning some additional calories. These simple ways to get more exercise can help you to begin to lose weight, build physical endurance and get started on the path to better health.

Park in the Back

When pulling into a parking lot, choose a spot in the back of the lot. By doing so you will add a few steps to your daily routine and add to the total number of calories burned. When possible, carry your bags to the car instead of using a cart. Carrying the additional weight of the bags will also help you to burn more calories on the walk back to your car. If you do use a cart, you can get some more exercise by walking it back to the store instead of leaving it in the parking lot.

Take a Stand

It is estimated that a person burns 50% more calories standing up than sitting down. You should try to spend as much time as possible standing up throughout the day. For example, you could stand up while talking on the phone or while watching television. Standing up also helps to improve circulation, which is important for those who spend a lot of time sitting down at work or at home or who have circulatory problems.

Weight Training

You don't have to buy a lot of expensive equipment or go to the gym to get a workout. Simply doing a few push-ups, pull-ups, squats or other exercise will help you to limber up, build muscle and burn more calories. These simple exercises can be completed in an office, in the living room or wherever you are. Add repetitions over time to keep the workout useful and to continue burning calories. There are plenty of myths that you may have heard about weight and strength training. Don't fall into that trap!

Take the Stairs

Taking the stairs instead of an elevator is another good way to burn additional calories in your daily life. If the trip is too far to walk the whole way, just walking a few floors before getting onto the elevator will still help you to burn more calories than simply riding the elevator for the entire trip. It is also beneficial to walk down steps, as this too will burn more calories than riding on an elevator.

You will not only be burning calories when you are exercising, you will also be building muscle. As muscle needs more energy than fat, the addition of muscle to your body will result in your body using more calories even while you are resting. To keep burning calories and building muscles, you should strive to be more active and to get a little more exercise each day. By starting small and staying with it, you will likely be surprised how easy it is to get into the routine of exercising and to begin shedding pounds.

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Healthy Snack Ideas – The Top 40

Healthy Snack Ideas – Why Should you be interested?

When you are trying to lose weight and restrict your calorie intake one of the number one reason people fail is because of hunger. When you get hungry what you put in your mouth at this stage will have a direct effect on the success or failure of your diet.

Many people crave sugar and fat and immediately reach for the candy bar, the packet of chips or the soda. Here is a list to help you stop doing this. Many of these can be made before hand and taken with you to work or when travelling – in other words these are healthy snack on the go!. Having something healthy to hand will not only save you money, but help you avoid that trip to the vending machine.

This list below all have either 50 or 100 calories in them and can therefore be eaten as part of a low calorie diet. Plus they are all easy to make healthy snacks.

Here is to your success. I know having these prepared and with me, helps me keep to my weight-loss goals and stops me snacking on things I shouldn't !!

50 Calorie Healthy Snack Ideas40 healthy snack ideas

  1. 150g / 3oz Strawberries
  2. 1 Banana (small)
  3. 4-8 Carrot Sticks with Salsa dip
  4. 2 Satsumas
  5. 1 small bowl or 1 cup of cuppa soup (watch the salt intake though)
  6. Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with splash of balsamic vinegar
  7. 25g / 1oz dried fruit and seeds
  8. 100g / 4oz chopped Mango
  9. 1 pot of low-fat yoghurt
  10. 1 Ryvitta or Crisp bread spread with 2tsp low-fat humus
  11. 50g / 2oz olives (weighed with stones in)
  12. 8 cherry tomatoes
  13. 1 Apple
  14. 1 small brown roll, lettuce and cucumber with 0.5tsp of low-fat dressing
  15.  2 Celery Sticks with 1tbsp low-fat cottage cheese
  16. 50g / 2oz frozen grapes or blueberries

100 Calorie Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. 4 – 6 dried apricots
  2. 1 crisp bread or ryvitta spread with tsp. low-fat cheese spread.
  3. 50g / 2oz of chopped up broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, pepper (whatever vegetable you like) and 15g / 0.5oz of Humus for dipping
  4. 150g / 3oz mixed green salad with 15g dried cranberries and seeds. Can top with 1 tsp. of low-fat dressing.
  5. 1 Meringue nest with 1tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt or low-fat natural yoghurt with 50g / 2oz strawberries, raspberries or kiwi fruit.
  6. 1 crisp bread or ryvitta spread with tsp with thinly sliced ham
  7. 1 Ryvitta or crisp bread spread with 2tsp Peanut Butter
  8. 1 Bowl of cornflakes or Special K with low-fat milk
  9. 25g / 1oz granola topped with 1tbsp low-fat Greek yoghurt or low-fat natural yoghurt and 0.5tsp of honey (if needed).
  10. 1 low-fat hot chocolate drink.
  11. 15g / 0.5oz of natural Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Pecans or Pistachio
  12. 2 Ryvitta or crisp bread and 1 mini low-fat Edam cheese
  13. 1 slice of brown toast topped with grilled tomatoes. Add a dash of Tabasco if you want to give it a zing.
  14. 1 x 25g bag of Pretzels
  15. 1 cooking apple, stewed and topped with 1 tsp. low-fat fromage frais and 0.5tsp honey

Ready-Made Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. 1 Atkins snack bar (125 calories)
  2. 1 South Beach diet bar – fiber granola and dark chocolate snack bar (120 calories)
  3. Skinny Cow Chocolate bar (130 calories)
  4. Smart Balance light butter popcorn (120 calories)
  5. Nabisco Oreo cookie snack pack (100 calories)
  6. Weight Watchers snack bar (120 calories)

No calorie Healthy Snack Ideas

  1. Glass of water (0 calories) – Having a glass of water if you feel hungry can help to put those hunger pangs into touch.
  2. 1 cup of green tea
  3. 1 cup of hot water with lemon – a great way to kick start the circulation and metabolism in the morning.
  4. 1 pot of sugar free Jell-O
  5. 4 – 5 Cucumber sticks.

I hope you find some inspiration here in these healthy snack ideas to keep your weight loss going and not spoiling all your hard effort just because you were a bit peckish.

If you have a favorite snack leave a comment below and share it with the rest of us.


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