15 Ways To Lose Weight In 15 Minutes
Healthy, sustainable weight loss is a slow process that can take weeks or months. But that doesn't mean you can’t take steps that will start boosting your success right now. After all, getting leaner is really about making lots of little choices and changes. You don’t have to wait for those decisions to come to you, though. In the time it takes you to catch up on your social feeds, you could be taking a small, but significant, step that can add up to more pounds lost. Here are 15 to try—all of which will take you less than 15 minutes. (Looking for even more ways to lose weight—and keep it off? Check out Prevention's new plan. You could lose up to 25 pounds in 2 months!)
Head to Pinterest (or click over to our fantastic recipe finder) to hunt for delicious new meal and snack ideas. Take tempting fare like cupcakes and nachos out of the equation by sticking with boards that are dedicated to clean eating. We like this one and this one.
Strolling at a brisk pace for 15 minutes burns around 70 calories. Do it daily, and that’s 490 calories burned in a week—nearly the equivalent of a banana split. Hey, you just earned yourself a treat! (You don’t want to undo all of your steps, though. These 7 easy single-serve desserts can help you indulge while still staying on track.)
Junk food cravings don’t last long, and they’re surprisingly easy to ride out when you have something—or someone—to distract you. Plus, haven’t you been meaning to see if your pal wants to grab a coffee? (Hanging out with friends can boost your health. Here are the 8 friends every woman needs.)
Or a rag, broom, or vacuum. Cleaning counts as legitimate exercise, people! In 15 minutes, you’ll burn around 25 calories dusting, 45 calories vacuuming, or a whopping 100 calories scrubbing the tub. To burn even more calories and make your chores feel, well, less like chores, turn on some tunes and bust a move between tasks.
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Okay, quinoa technically takes about 18 minutes to make. But it’s one of the quickest cooking whole grains, a type of carb that could help you burn an extra 100 calories daily, according to Tufts University findings.
Pulling up those annoying weeds won’t just make your yard look prettier; it’ll also burn around 60 calories in 15 minutes. Not to mention, all that squatting and standing will tone your butt and thigh muscles. Not bad, right? (And if you’re planting rather than pulling, make sure you avoid these 10 plants you should never, ever grow.)
Well-lit spaces make people up to 24% more likely to choose healthy fare, found one Cornell University . Swap out those dim bulbs or candles for something brighter—and see if a salad doesn’t suddenly sound better than mac and cheese for dinner. (Kick up your salad game with these 7 genius toppings).
Crawl into bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you’re logging a solid 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye per evening. This way, you’ll actually be well rested come morning.
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