Passive weight loss ideas
1: Take Vitamin D.
Women who were deficient in it lost weight more slowly in a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Stephen Gullo, a weight-loss expert in New York City and author of The Thin Commandments (Rodale), recommends 2,000 milligrams daily.
2: Drink Coffee.
Studies have found that caffeine increases the rate at which you burn calories, according to Susan B. Roberts, author of The "I" Diet (Workman) and a professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in Boston.
3: Sleep More.
Getting fewer than four hours of sleep over an extended period of time slows the metabolism. Experts recommend aiming for between seven and nine.
Wash your dishes, vacuum, or cook dinner. "We consider it a luxury to have tasks done for us, but doing some of these for yourself takes considerable energy," says Slayton.
5: Wear a basic pedometer.
Track your walking
6: Eat lightly and often.
The body uses up more energy digesting smaller meals every few hours than by eating the same number of calories in two or three sittings.
7: Move briskly.
Walk like you have somewhere to be!
It burns up to 50 calories if you laugh for 10 to 15 minutes per day.
9: Eat breakfast.
You send your body a signal that you're not starving, so it starts burning fat—even when you're just doing normal activities.
10: Time yourself.
Spend the last five minutes of each hour (set your computer timer) up and move around.