13 Things Experts Won’t Tell You About Weight Loss

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Naturally thin people are always fidgeting

Eating

Research shows that people who are naturally lean—you know the sort: They seem to eat all day, whatever they want, and never gain a pound or an inch—automatically, even subconsciously, find ways to move to make up for any extra calories they may be ingesting. (Here are 50 more daily habits of naturally think people that you can steal.) Believe it or not, spontaneous physical activity (SPA) like fidgeting, bending, brushing your hair, and doing dishes can burn 350 or more calories a day, according to Mayo Clinic research. Try adding these other 19 ways to burn 200 calories without even trying to your routine too.

Long cardio sessions aren’t helping you burn fat

Running

Nod your head if you do the same workout over and over. You just hit that treadmill, elliptical, or jogging path and you put in your time. Unfortunately, this exercise strategy can actually backfire when it comes to weight loss and fat burning. Aerobic exercise demands that you increase your energy output. Because our body is always trying to stay in balance, this type of movement may actually act as a biological cue to make you eat more, which can sabotage weight-loss efforts. (Don’t miss these other 17 tricks for getting over a weight-loss plateau.) Besides that, research shows that continuous aerobic exercise isn’t nearly as effective a weight-control strategy as surprising your body with aerobic interval training (short bursts of heart-pounding work, also known as HIIT, or high intensity interval training) or strength training (push-ups, squats, anything that builds muscle and power). Try a mix of these 15 workouts that burn the most calories to keep your body guessing.

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