Finding it hard to drop those extra pounds and live a healthy, fertile life? Turn your day at the office into a 9-5 fat-burning spa treatment by busying yourself with our timeline of physical and psychological shortcuts
Seat of power: 0845
You spend up to 8hr a day sitting down at work, so make sure your chair works for you. Swap your swivel for a stability ball and burn 6% more kcal without moving.
European Journal of Applied Physiology
Break the glass: 0900
Your metabolism is slowest at this time, so attack it with a pint of ice-cold water; it increases your kcal burn by up to 30% for 30-40min after downing it.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Chew the fat: 1130
Lose your belly by chewing gum. ‘Non-exercise thermogenesis’, or fidgeting as it’s better known, can burn an extra 350kcal a day.
Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Green light cardio: 1215
Your in-tray is full and your gym plans are looking unlikely. Tend to an office plant for 60sec: your productivity will improve by 12% so you won’t skip your cardio session.
Journal of Environmental Horticulture
Plug in for a PB: 1250
Stick on your headphones before you hit the gym: 10min of motivational music prior to a workout is enough to increase your performance by 15%. Read more fitness tips and motivation.
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Packed lunch: 1400
If you’ve prepped your own lunch, you’re half way there. But cheap plastic tubs can slow weight loss if they contain fat-causing phthalates. Use glass instead.
International Journal of Obesity
Espress weight loss: 1500
Caffeine boosts your metabolism for up to 3hr; knock a cup back now for a mental jolt that won’t rock your sleep. Use an AeroPress for 1-cup doses of filter coffee.
Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Go totally nuts: 1630
Finally, snack on a handful of almonds to see you through. Eat them every day for 6 months and you could lose 18% of your bodyweight. Much better than biscuits. Read more about eating nuts and living fertile.
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Source: Men’s Health