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5 Ways to Burn Calories (That Aren’t All About Exercise)

Updated on June 24, 2009

We all know that if we want to lose weight than we have to burn off more calories than we take in. It’s a simple equation that most of us can understand. Getting ourselves to actually do the work necessary to burn calories isn’t always quite so easy though. A lot of people find it difficult because they think that it means that they have to exercise every day. It’s definitely important to get enough exercise if you want to burn calories to lose weight. However, that’s not the only thing that you should be doing to burn calories. Believe it or not, there are a lot of other things that you can do to burn calories other than just your standard trip to the gym.

Here are five great ways to burn calories on a daily basis:

1. Eat to Burn Calories.

You already know that you have to eat properly if you want to lose weight. But were you aware of the fact that there are a lot of foods that you can eat that will actually assist you in burning more calories? If you eat smart, you can burn more calories even as you take calories in to get energy. What a great concept. Some of the tips that you’ll want to follow if you’re going to eat to burn calories include:

• Eat often but make the meals small ones. There are some experts who believe that eating frequently assists you in burning more calories than you would burn if you ate the same amount of food in just one or two sittings. The reason for this is that you are working your digestive system every time that you eat. Those experts say that each time you start a meal, you burn up some calories by igniting your digestive system. If you only eat once or twice per day then you only burn those calories once or twice. If you eat five or six times per day then you’ll burn more calories. The trick is to make sure that you keep your meals small so that you aren’t taking in more calories while you do this.

• Eat breakfast. You want to get started right away with those digestion burning calories. You shouldn’t skip breakfast for a number of reasons anyway. Doing so is definitely linked to weight gain with a few different causes to blame. Think about this when you’re trying to burn calories each day.

• Eat protein. The body has to work harder to digest protein than to digest other foods. This means that you’re burning more calories when you eat it. Choose protein that’s as low in calories as possible to get the most benefit.

• Burn some calories to get your meal. It’s the little things that we do all day long that help us to burn more calories. If you order your food as a delivery meal then you’re not burning as many calories as you would if you went to get your food. If you get a pre-made sandwich instead of walking around the kitchen to make your own sandwich then you’re not burning as many calories as you could. Think about how to burn calories while you’re getting food and eating it.

2. Drink to Burn Calories

It isn’t just the food that we take in that can help us with burning more calories. If we choose the right drinks then they can also act as calorie-burners. There are two really important drinks that we want to get used to having daily if we’re going to drink to burn calories: water and tea.

Water is really important for our bodies and for weight loss. The body works to absorb and use water and it’s burning calories the whole time that you do that. Most people don’t drink enough liquid at all. You should increase your liquid intake to help burn calories throughout the day. The liquid you choose should be water since this helps you to burn those calories without taking in new calories. With all of the other benefits water has for your body, this is really a win-win situation.

When water just isn’t going to satisfy you then your next best choice for a beverage is green tea. Green tea has been shown to have calorie-burning properties. When you drink green tea, you burn more calories than you take in. If you don’t like green tea then you can also burn calories by drinking caffeinated black tea. However, green tea is a better choice. Remember that you lose out on the calorie-burning benefits of tea if you add milk or sweeteners to it.

3. Chew Gum

You might not think that you would burn a lot of calories just by chewing gum. However, that extra action for your mouth can end up resulting in a lot of calories burned if you’re chewing gum all day every day. You’ll want to choose no-calorie gum to get the benefits of burning those calories. And you’ll want to discuss this with your dentist since chewing gum all day may be bad for some people’s teeth. It’s a neat little trick to add to your repertoire of burning calories though.

4. Move Quickly and Often

Ultimately you’re going to need to move to really burn some calories. Get in the habit of doing all of your daily activities with just a bit more speed and energy than you usually do and you’ll find yourself burning off more calories than you did in the past. Simply speeding up your walking pace is a good start. Do your house chores with intensity instead of doing them in the lazy manner that you’re probably accustomed to. By working this type of non-exercise exercise into your daily routine, you’re naturally going to burn a lot of calories without feeling like you’re doing too much work.

5. Exercise

Finally, there is the thing that will burn the most calories and that’s exercise. What you should do is to make sure that you choose forms of exercise that you truly enjoy. This will allow you to do them often in order to burn calories while still enjoying each day.


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  • Noa Keshet profile image

    Noa Keshet 

    16 months ago from Israel

    Great tips. I particularly enjoyed the one about burning calories while preparing a meal, a good motivation for when I'm too lazy to cook.

  • aDayInMyLife1 profile image

    Amanda S 

    6 years ago from CA

    Great tips. There are also Negative Calorie Fruits and Vegetables including:

    Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce,Spinach, Zucchini...Apple, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Honeydew, Mango, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tomato, Tangerine, Watermelon...

     That actually require more calories to digest than is provided by the food itself. Include these in your diet or substitute these for higher calorie foods, feel full and actually lose calories from eating. 

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    Matthew Ryczko 

    6 years ago from Ohio

    Excellent hub! Very useful information!

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    Jason Lim 

    6 years ago from Singapore

    This is exactly what I have been doing for the last 3-4 years and it does work!

  • bangingbeauty profile image


    6 years ago

    This is a wonderful article, eating small meals is one good way to burn calories. I also like green tea and other herbal teas to increase my water intake. Cheers, BB

  • Ruchi Urvashi profile image

    Ruchi Urvashi 

    6 years ago from Singapore

    well written..useful information

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    Kim Harris 

    6 years ago

    great ideas. I never thought of just moving more quickly. thanks.

  • cowtowngirl77 profile image


    7 years ago

    Thanks for these good tips.

  • ohjiunleng profile image


    7 years ago from New York

    agree with you breakfast play an important role in weight loss !

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    Manuel Porras 

    7 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

    2 months ago on a diet low in calories and do 2 hours of exercise and have seen good results in a short time

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    7 years ago

    "You shouldn’t skip breakfast for a number of reasons anyway."

    I disagree completely. Can you give reasons for your argument?

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    7 years ago

    You really hit the basics. Nothing better than simple diet and exercise to lose weight. Thanks

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    Friend of Body Magic Girdle 

    7 years ago

    Tahnk you for the details you provide because I too thought that I have to exercise every day just to burn off what I ate. I know of folks that put in 1 hour of exercise each day and they look real good but as for me I can only do 15 minute if any at all but after reading you details I've try to set a goal of burning just 100c per day and I'll see how that works.

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    Body Magic Shaper Girl 

    7 years ago

    Some great tips, thanks!

  • AnkushKohli profile image

    Ankush Kohli 

    7 years ago from India

    Great Hub!! Weight loss is always an issue with my friends. It's nice to know some of the things I do, anyway are helpful.

  • Glemoh101 profile image


    7 years ago

    yes eat to burn calories specially when you eat fat burning foods.

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    Taleb AlDris 

    7 years ago

    Thank you for the nice tips, especially, moving faster.

  • craigmissuea profile image


    7 years ago from USA

    Too much colories is a very common poroblem which many people face. Some of them do not want to exercise for some reason or the other. Your article will motivate these people to take better care of themselves.

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    7 years ago from Who knows?

    As a fitness professional, I have to say that this article is spot on. I don't care much for tip 3 though.

  • jrsnotdead profile image


    8 years ago from PA

    I'm with some of the others I never thought about chewing gum to lose weight. One thing that I've started doing which I think helps is that I always use the furthest bathroom in my house from where I'm at. It may not sound like much but it adds, I don't even know how many, trips up and down the stairs to my day.

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    8 years ago

    the part that drink a lot to burn fat is the exact way i have did few months ago. the result is very good. i have not idea that the chew gum can burn fat....really new stuff idea for me.


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    8 years ago from CT, USA

    Chew gum! hmmm... i didn't know this. This is a good way to burn some calories. liked the other advices also. thanks for sharing

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    Luv P90X 

    8 years ago

    This is really good info and people really need to know and understand this!

  • profile image


    8 years ago

    great advices

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    nikitha p 

    8 years ago from India

    thanks very informative hub!

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    8 years ago

    Chewing Gum? Thanks for the tip!

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    Dawn Michael 

    8 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

    great article, did not consider the gum chewing, goin to go out and but two packs of gum today, maybe ten packs if it helps! lol

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    4gb cf card 

    8 years ago

    In Today's busy life it's so important to focus on the health. But it is not possible to do exercise regularly. I had read this and find it so much impressive. It's good to know this easy and applicable ways. So helpful tips and tricks are given here. I am surely gonna apply this in my life from tomorrow only.

  • NaomiR profile image


    8 years ago from New York

    Great information! I'll have to try chewing more gum.

  • kathyfofathy profile image


    8 years ago

    I have heard a lot of fruits and vegetables actually expell more calories during digestion than they contain. Is this true? What do you think about negative calorie foods?

  • edguider profile image


    8 years ago

    Going to eat 5 times a day in smaller portions now. I use to eat 3 times a day but after seeing this hub I now get the point on how smaller portions help you burn more calories.

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    8 years ago

  • Seakay profile image


    8 years ago from Florida

    Great information, Kathryn. I'm a vegetarian but still have to watch everything I eat!

  • lilly_dens profile image


    8 years ago

    great tips Kathryn! I'll keep these all in mind :)

  • mhuze profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    For me, whole wheat and whole grain foods assist in burning off calories very quickly. I also do the gum chewing thing..which helps a lot.

    I agree with you 100% on everything in this hub!

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    8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

    great advice on portion size, I'd like to know what low cal protein there is. I am doing almonds but they are high calories. Yes, definitely drink more water too.

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    8 years ago

    Missing from the article is when to drink water. Always drink before you get thirsty - ideally first thing in the morning to pre-hydrate your system and get you ready for an active day. That has been my personal experience. Can't say it enough - water before exercise is key to getting the most benefit from exercise.

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    8 years ago

    hey i just needed it for my hmwork haha thnks :)

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    8 years ago

    I have heard it time and again that one can actually burn fats by taking in calories and not necessarily the other way round! Nice piece!

  • deutza1_d profile image


    8 years ago

    Though I do agree with most of your presented ideas, I can`t however agree with the chewing gum part. We burn calories by watching tv or sleeping, everyone knows that, but chewing gum will do nothing but increse the level of stomach acid. This will not only make you constantly hungry but it can also cause serious damage to your stomach. All the other ideas are really cool and i can`t wait to try them out1

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    Body Magic 

    8 years ago

    I think Oradius is wrong, there are foods that will help with speeding up metabolism, adn with building muscle which basically helps eliminate fat storage. Well written.

  • Oradius profile image


    8 years ago from New Zeland

    Good tips that work. Specially, the protein, the moving and exercise and not skipping meals.

    However the explanation is not right. There is no food that has the ability to burn fat. Well, caffeine can speed up the fat metabolism but just for a short period and in determined circumstances like aerobic exercise.

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    Body Magic Long 

    8 years ago

    This is a wonderful article... keep up the good work

  • pakpub profile image


    8 years ago from Ohio

    Nice hub with great information!

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    Part-time Writer 

    8 years ago from Way Up North (USA)

    Great ideas to keep me healthy. I will be doing many of these. I've also written a hub on weight loss. Thanks!!

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    online scam check 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    Nice hub on great tips for losing weight and being in good health.

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    8 years ago

    Eat your wheaties, drink vitamin juices, I like Levive!

  • myawn profile image


    8 years ago from Florida

    I drink green tea and eat protein. Good hub a lot of help for me Thanks!

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    Magic Power Coffee 

    8 years ago

    more people need to know about this article, great job

  • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

    DeBorrah K Ogans 

    8 years ago

    Kathryn Vercillo, Nice hub with great healthy tips, Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

  • TomsFitnessGuide profile image


    8 years ago

    Love this hub. Quality content. ;)

  • jade3hh profile image


    8 years ago

    Great hub!, i already follow the chewing gum tip! hah :)

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    8 years ago

    Great advice. Green tea definitely helps u lose weight. I have tried it and lost weight for the first time in 5 years. Ty for the other tips. Keep up the good work.

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    A James 

    8 years ago

    Good article, enjoyed it. Sometimes little things can add up to make a difference.

  • pigfish profile image


    8 years ago from Southwest Ohio

    Such wisdom, such common sense! Why is it so difficult to do...

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    My Healthy Temple 

    8 years ago

    This is a great article. For those who are in the Atlanta Area we have a very good array of nutritional products that will help you with your weight loss plan.

  • Mystique1957 profile image


    8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela


    First hub from your vintage I read.

    I liked the theme. I am always looking

    for better ways to keep fit(Hehehe.

    This article has been an excellent one to add to my

    arsenal. Your writing is fresh and pleasant!

    Thumbs up for you!

    Warm regards,


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    8 years ago from ponchatoula,LA

    your hub was great but what happens when you only have enough money to afford one meal and its probably not the best choice.

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    8 years ago

    I hate doing execrcises. Thanks for so much solutions

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    Michel Jayne 

    8 years ago from United States

    Interesting, thanks!

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    8 years ago

    This is a really nice hub with so much great information. I would like to share something to you though. Have you tried Acai Berry? Just as Sally has said, this berryy really performs wonders when it comes to weightoss. Further more,it has lots of benefits it comes with . It contains lots of antioxidants more than apples, bananas and even blue berries. Antioxidants are the body's fuel for fighting off radicals (nasty little molecules that come from cigarette smoke, pollutants, pesticides etc). When also combined with exercise, it increases your stamina, energy levels and greatly strengthens your immune system. Have a try of it..

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    Mrs. Moneypants 

    8 years ago from Canada and other places

    I have also read that certain foods give you a metabolic boost. You mentioned green tea. I would add flax oil or flax meal and cayenne pepper.

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    Keith Schroeder 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin

    It sounds so simple and logical, but it is hard to execute. It is a good reminder to eat less and exercise more. You provide good advice and motivation to start and stick to a healthy lifestyle.

  • modeca profile image


    8 years ago

    Take the stairs instead of the escalator

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    Helen Lewis 

    8 years ago from Florida

    Good advice. I am a work in progress. Just bought the Sketchers raised trainers to encourage me to walk more...


  • bddonovan profile image


    8 years ago from Beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts

    Good advice. working my way down from 408#, 400 calories at a time.

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    Richard Armen 

    8 years ago

    I try to eat lots of small meals. My metabolism isn't what it use to be.

  • askjanbrass profile image


    8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I have a 30-minute routine I like to use. Develop your own strategy, it works really well.

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

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    Weight Training Exercises 

    8 years ago

    I love the concept of chewing gum :) I think the concept if correct though Im sure we need to balance that out with weight training exercise.

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    opinion duck 

    8 years ago

    To those people that eat just for enjoyment, it would be hard to eat to be fit. Within those people, there are those that wouldn't eat a healthy meal that didn't taste great. Not that all healthy meals taste bad, but a simple thing like green tea wouldn't be acceptable to them.

    What is your thought about salt, especially at the table salt. My thought is that sodium captures water and water is heavy.

    Great hub.


  • TysonFaulkner profile image


    8 years ago

    Nice little article, a lot of people don't realize that eating actually promotes calorie burning in your body. As long as you don't keep eating =P

  • gramsmith profile image


    8 years ago

    You have done amazing here and gave great tips for lose extra weight and make our body slimy.We all know that if we want to lose weight than we have to burn our calories.But its not easy one we have to follow good tips like what you have already given.Thanks Kathryn Vercillo.

  • ciidoctor profile image


    8 years ago

    can you make hub about slim person and how to get weight because iam slim every body wanna loose weight but i want gain weight

  • gr8info profile image


    8 years ago

    Great tips. Especially the metabolism one

  • healthwriter profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    Gr8 information you have shared.

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    Coach Albert 

    8 years ago from San Francisco

    Great article with good tips. I like that you slipped in exercise at the end, since it's my line of work, but it brings to mind the question, how is exercise not "all about exercise" ? eh, semantics. Cheers!

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    8 years ago


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    8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    I know about the green tea, but I hate all forms of tea! Even if I'm as big as a bus I'll still stick with my coffee. Good advice though for those that are willing to drink tea!

  • edguider profile image


    8 years ago

    Great hub, I like "3. Chew Gum" Thats probably the easiest one to burn calories..

  • deedlit2005 profile image


    8 years ago

    woot. love it. great article. ^_^

  • jarnols profile image


    8 years ago

    Thanx for the advice very much appreciated

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    Mellisa L 

    8 years ago from Canada

    Thanks! Lots of good reminders in here, remember these during the Holiday Season!

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    8 years ago

    very good info!!!thanks

  • bgpappa profile image


    8 years ago from Sacramento, California

    Good advice and very well written article.

    Thanks for the read

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    Camas Articuladas 

    8 years ago

    Well I need to lose weight and burn calories. I hate doing exercises. This is exactly what i was looking for. Thanks!

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    Putz Ballard 

    8 years ago

    Great hub, some great and interesting information. thanks for witing such a wonderful paper.

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    Audacious Shelley 

    8 years ago

    I also heard that laughing burns calories too, so if you're gonna veg out and watch a movie, pick a comedy that will keep you laughing almost non-stop. Remember to use the bathroom before doing that though.

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    8 years ago

    It is excellent. I have written an hub 'Tips for your good health'. Please see and offer your valuable suggesions.

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    8 years ago

    Great information!

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    there are bounty of other supplementary products to aid in this. check out more.

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    Your So Lean 

    9 years ago

    Nice hub - great info.

  • magdielqr profile image


    9 years ago

    Excellent Hub! Thank you for this Hub.

  • quijonido profile image


    9 years ago

    Eat protein to stay full. Works great for me!

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    9 years ago

    Yoga is a good way to burn calories..

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    9 years ago from UK

    Great hub, good advice

    I have had great success with losing weight

    Here's how I did it

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    Eternal Evolution 

    9 years ago from kentucky

    grat article, very informitive

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    9 years ago

    Great advice. I rated your article 'up'.

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    9 years ago

    I think that is a great medium to long term solution. But people often lose motivation in the long run. I think what was mentioned before about body shaper garments is a good bridge from a short term solution to a permanent habit change.

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    Erick Smart 

    9 years ago

    I used to do #4 often but now I have to spend so much time at the computer I do not get the chance to move around as much.

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    Nisha shan 

    9 years ago

    This hub is very informative. I have learnt it for the first time, that chewing gum could be used to burn calories. Thanks for the hub.


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