6 Ways to Burn More Calories at Rest

Find out the surprising ways you can torch calories.

6 Ways to Burn More Calories at Rest

The term "metabolism" refers to a series of chemical reactions in your cells that convert what you eat into fuel for your body. The faster your metabolism, the more calories you'll burn. Although genetics influences your metabolism speed, you can help rev it up with certain exercises and lifestyle changes. With the help of fitness writer and nutritionist SJ McShane, here are six easy ways to burn calories so you can achieve your weight loss goals.

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Build Lean Muscle

The human body naturally burns more calories to maintain a pound of muscle than it does to maintain a pound of fat. Therefore, the more muscle you build, the more calories your body will naturally burn each day at rest (breathing, sleeping, daily tasks). This means that just by building more lean muscle, you’ll significantly increase your metabolic rate and cause your body to burn more calories per day. In fact, “10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories” states Christopher Wharton, Ph.D., a certified personal trainer, and researcher at Yale University.

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