Tried and True: Health Tips That Really Work

There are enough diets, health products and workout plans out there to make your head spin. How do you know what truly works? Let A.J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy, eliminate the guesswork for you.

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6. Fidget to Burn Calories

So many people can’t find the time to exercise, but any little movement is better than sitting still. In fact, fidgeting can burn up to 300 calories. So, tap your fingers, wiggle your toes, move your hips, etc. 

7. Burn Fat With High Intensity Interval Training 

To boost your metabolism and burn fat in less than 6 minutes, practice high intensity interval training. Run on the treadmill or ride the stationary bike as fast as you can for 30 seconds; then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 or 6 times for a total of about 10 minutes. This process not only speeds up your metabolism, but also may do more good than 30 minutes of running or working out at a leisurely pace.

8. Decrease Your Cholesterol by Using Paper Coffee Filters 

A.J. Jacobs attributes lowering his cholesterol to eating lots of fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods. In addition, he shares this secret: Use a paper filter when making coffee. The filter removes cafestol, a compound, which is known to raise cholesterol.

Take this quiz to learn more about coffee’s disease-fighting properties and the proper techniques for preparing your coffee to maximize its health benefits.  

9. Boost Your Energy With the Sports-Drink Spit

Before you exercise, take a sip of a sports drink and then spit it out. Your tongue will sense the presence of sugars and send a message to your brain that says, “Energy boost out of the way.” In other words, your body is fooled into expending more energy without the weight of water to slow it down.

10. To Prevent a Heart Attack, Try “Chewdaism”

Studies show that people who chew their food more thoroughly, say 25-40 chews, will deliver more healthy monounsaturated fats to their heart than people who chew a mere 10 times. As a bonus, you’ll be eating slower, which means you’ll eat less.

Article written by A.J. Jacobs
Author of Drop Dead Healthy