How to Jumpstart Weight Loss: Burn Your Calories

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Weight loss is all about the interplay between how many calories you take in and how many calories you burn. As long as you burn more calories than you take in, you’ll lose weight. This is the formula that everyone should remember when it comes to the question of how to jumpstart weight loss.

Here are some ways on how to jumpstart  weight loss by burning calories:

1. Go for a morning walk or run

Walking or running in the early morning is not only a great way to start your day, but it’s also a great way to jumpstart your target of burning calories. Walking at a speed of at least two miles per hour will burn at 204 calories or more; while running at five miles per hour will burn at least 606 calories.

2. Hit the gym

If you have more free time, the best way to jumpstart your program is to hit the gym and work out. Doing a lot of exercise is still the best way to burn calories, and also the best way to stay fit and healthy. Furthermore, it will also give you core strength, flexible muscles and a more beautiful body. For variety and more fun, you can try different forms of exercises, such as aerobic exercise, Swiss ball exercises, rotator cuff exercises and physio ball exercises.

3. Engage in fun physical activities

Another way to jumpstart your weight loss by burning calories is to engage in fun physical activities. You will not only lose weight, but you’ll also enjoy doing them. You can exercise for one hour by swimming (423 calories), skating (548 calories), hiking (438 calories) or cycling (292 calories), or you can play your favorite sports, such as volleyball (292 calories), basketball (584 calories), bowling (219 calories) or football (548 calories).

4. Dance to your heart’s content

If you’re a dancer, a wannabe dancer, or simply someone who loves to shake her hips while cooking and doing other chores, just continue dancing to your heart’s content. Dancing is a fun and enjoyable way to jumpstart weight loss by burning calories, since it lets you burn at least 273 calories an hour. Some forms of dance which will really help you burn a lot of calories are belly dancing and ball room dancing; while others such as Zumba and aerobic dance incorporate both dance and exercise into their routines.

5. Just keep moving

Simply as moving more during the day can also be a way to jumpstart weight loss by burning calories. The list includes:weight loss

  • Swinging your legs.
  • Tapping your feet.
  • Pacing up and down the hallway.
  • Fidgeting in your seat.
  • Drumming your fingers.
  • Standing up.
  • Moving your head from side to side.
  • Stretching and changing your position.
  • Taking the stairs.
  • Walking around the corner.
  • Clenching and releasing your muscles.

Burning calories is a proven and effective method to jumpstart weight loss. In order to lose weight, it is necessary to ensure that you’re always burning more calories than you take in – and you must also make sure that you stick to your 1200, 1500 or 1800 calorie meal plan so that you’ll have a manageable calorie intake and it will be easier for you to lose weight.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.