|"Hello? I feel skinnier now. Please let me out..."|
Your body expends calories to keep warm. Most of your body heat generates automatically - heat is a byproduct of breaking down food for energy and other natural chemical reactions. Still, these processes are not enough to keep ourselves at 98.6 F, so our body uses other ways to keep us warm, each using a bit of extra energy as well.
Sipping the daily recommended amount of water (64 ounces) is enough to keep you healthy and hydrated, but making it ice-water can help you lose an extra 70 calories every day!
70 calories don't seem like much, but every day, every week, every month, for an entire year? That's 25,550 calories, or the equivalent of twelve and a half days worth of energy!
This does NOT mean that you should manipulate your body's heat to make you lose more weight. Ice water is a safe trick because it doesn't drastically lower your temperature. Consistently lowering your temperature can make you sick or even cause hypothermia.
You've probably heard the myth that celery has "negative calories," meaning that eating and digesting celery takes more energy than the celery ultimately gives you.
And this is 100% true.
|Is this why celery is always smiling?|
Peanut butter, cream cheese, or any other additions to celery immediately tip the scales, turning it into positive calories.
Again, snacking on celery should only be a small part of a greater plan for living healthy! Don't think that eating three pounds of celery a day for a week will be enough to fit into that new bathing suit. You'll wind up starving yourself and your body will break down from the lack of other vital nutrients.
Not to mention, losing weight quickly and gaining it quickly are both bad. At most, the CDC says you should only lose one to two pounds per week.