Losing weight requires that you burn more calories in a day than you take in. This forces your body to use your fat for fuel, resulting in you becoming a thinner, trimmer version of yourself. A version that you don’t mind seeing in the mirror every day.

So, how do you get your body to burn calories with the same intensity as a torch burning fuel? Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Increase the intensity with which you work out. The harder you push your body, the more fuel it needs. On average, your body burns approximately double the amount of calories when you exercise at 85% your maximum heart rate versus when you work out at 55%.
  • Increase the duration of your cardio workouts. Spend more time running, walking, spinning, bicycling, or doing any other aerobic activity and you’ll burn more calories than if you participate in shorter workouts.
  • Lift weights. Muscle requires more energy than fat, so adding some bulk to your upper body, lower body, and core will have a huge impact on the amount of calories you burn each and every day.
  • Eat spicy food. If you love spicy hot food then you’ll be glad to know that eating it is wonderful for your metabolism. The one thing to keep in mind though is that a lot of the sauces are high in sodium, so use them sparingly.
  • Fidget. The more you move the more calories you burn, so keep your body going as often as possible by fidgeting while you are doing things such as watching television or waiting in line.
  • Drink water. When you are dehydrated your body doesn’t function as efficiently as it could, which means that you’re not going to burn calories at a fast rate. Keep a glass of water with you at all times then and prepare to get a smaller body.

Try these six things and you’ll burn more calories day in and day out. How’s that for easy?