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10 Ways to Burn 200 Calories Without Exercise!

Love/Hate Relationship

When I think of a love-hate relationship, only one thing comes to mind…exercise! Now don’t get me wrong. There are days when I am totally into it but let’s be real. Exercising gets me all sweaty, takes up free time and ruins my blowout. So, how can I lose weight/stay in-shape/be healthy if I don’t exercise? Well, it’s pretty simple. Here’s 10 easy ways to burn 200 calories without exercise.

It’s Like Science or Something

First of all, it takes approximately 3,500 calories burned to lose one pound of fat. This is the bare-bone basics. In order to lose one pound of fat in one week, you would need to burn or reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories. (3500 calories / 7 days a week = 500 calories per day) Now, you can cut back on your food calories, increase your calorie burn with exercise or a combination of both.

Theoretically, as long as you decrease your calories by 500 every day, you will lose one pound every week. ( I do need to mention for obvious reasons: the information in this blog is not to take the place of medical advice. I am only sharing what works for me. Please consult your physician prior to starting or altering your nutrition or exercise regimen. )

Now that that’s out of the way. Let’s get into it. I like to mix in sneaky little ways to burn extra calories during the day so that I don’t need to sweat out my blow-out. Here are 10 simple and easy ways to burn 200 calories without exercise.

  1. Drink ice cold water! Seriously?! Yes! When you drink cold water your body has to use extra calories to warm the water to body temperature. You can burn about 25 calories for every glass of cold water you drink. Just chug 8 glasses of cold water every day and you’ll easily burn an extra 200 calories! Put it in a water bottle like this one and you’ll be keeping cute and hydrated!
  2. Laugh. I don’t mean at this tip, I mean laugh out loud. Laughing can burn up to 40 calories in under 15 minutes. Imagine if you put on a funny movie or watched stand-up comedy? You could burn 200 calories in about an hour and a half.
  3. Take your pooch for a walk. Not only will your fur baby enjoy getting some fresh air but you will burn 200 calories for every one hour walk you take with your pup.
  4. Chew gum…all day long. It is possible to burn 200 calories by simply chewing gum for roughly 18 hours. Of course, you don’t need to chew the same piece for that long. Also, stick with sugar-free gum or you will be sacrificing some unnecessary calories that you don’t need.
  5. Take a nap or sleep for 3 extra hours. Not only do you burn calories while you sleep but you will also have prevented yourself from consuming calories you normally would while you were awake.
  6. Type 5,000 words. Yes I know that’s a lot. Maybe you have always wanted to write a short story. Well, here’s your chance to do it and burn 200 calories at the same time. Two birds, one stone.
  7. Get busy…and I am not talking about chores. With just one hour of sexual activity, you can easily burn 200 calories.
  8. Get to first base. No, no, no put down the ball and glove. I am talking about kissing. Grab your honey and make-out for 2 hours. You’ll burn 200 calories…and maybe even 400 if it leads to #7 😉
  9. Mop your floors and scrub your toilets! Deep cleaning your house for an hour will burn 200 calories. Plus, you’ll have a squeaky clean home to show for it. Here are the top 6 things you can do every day to keep your home clean and fresh.
  10. Last but not least…go shopping! Walking around a mall or pushing a cart around the grocery store are all ways that you can burn 200 calories in just a little over an hour.

There You Have It

You can use one or all of these easy ways to burn 200 calories a day without exercise. Which of these tips are you going to try? Leave a comment below so I can also share with you which one of these tips is my favorite to implement when I am trying to burn 200 calories without exercising.

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Starbucks on a Budget

Hi, my name is Melissa and I am addicted to Starbucks. It’s hard for me to admit that but I feel a lot better now that I’ve put it out into the Universe. What makes me feel even better is knowing that I can get Starbucks on a budget!

The Hook

We are all familiar with the green twin-tailed mermaid logo. You can find these coffee houses on pretty much every corner and inside almost every retail store across America. I know mythically Sirens were believed to use their mysteriousness and beauty to lure sailors into the sea. I am no sailor but let me tell you that this Siren has a hold on me. Her hold is so strong that my morning coffee is no longer a commodity but a legitimate splurge. I had to figure out a way to get my Starbucks on a budget.

My Go-To drink is a Venti iced Caramel Macchiato sub sugar free vanilla, sub blonde espresso and add two Stevia. (Don’t judge me. I am #teamsweet and complicated) The way the caramel dances with the vanilla syrup and the precision of the espresso as it marks the freshly steamed milk. All poured over ice in a way that causes the clouds to part form the Heavens. Mm mm I can almost taste it now. OK Melissa, get back on track, focus. What was I saying? Oh yeah, this delightful drink was what I looked forward to every day. What I didn’t look forward to was the $5.90 I had to hand over every single morning.

Rock Bottom

As I started to get more serious about budgeting and living within my means, it forced me to take a good hard look at my Starbucks addiction. The damage this was doing to my finances is what really woke me up. A $5.90 iced coffee seven days a week amounts to $165.20 a month. A MONTH! My water bill is less than this. Yet, here I was. Drinking my water bill away every single morning oblivious to the decreasing girth of my bank account. The financial impact this was having on my life was the main reason I needed to find a way to get my Starbucks on a budget.

Speaking of girth, did I mention that my delicious drink I had every morning also amounted to an extra 350 calories and 53 grams of carbohydrates per day? That’s an extra 10,500 calories a month that I definitely did not need. This realization forced me to find a healthier and cheaper alternative because obviously I couldn’t give it up completely. That was be ludicrous.

The Negotiation

Ultimately, I knew I had to be logical and methodical about this. This was serious. This was DEFCON 5 for Pete’s sake! First, I was going to need to figure out how to cut out the actual times I physically visited my beloved coffee shop. I work three days a week out side of the home. Since I like to fully enjoy my coffee and experience all of the joy it has to offer sip by sip, I decided to only buy Starbucks on my days off. This way I would not be rushing to work in the mornings rushing myself to gulp down 24 ounces of my caffeinated beverage. I could sit back, relax and fully enjoy it in all it’s glory. To compromise, on the days I worked I would make my coffee with my trusty ole Keurig. This was totally doable for me.

Bringing it All Together

Next, I had to figure out how to make this drink cheaper and healthier. This drink I was obsessed with is basically all carbs. How could I get more protein and less carbs into this drink? The only solution I could think of would be adding in a protein shake. I have tried hundreds of different types of protein powders and protein shakes. Even those protein coffee powders that claim to taste just like coffee only to fail miserably. Basically, I needed a protein shake without the grittiness. Oh yeah, it also couldn’t taste like protein.

My favorite protein shakes are Premier Protein ready to drink shakes. It also just so happens that the caramel flavor is my favorite as well. Perfect! Let’s throw that into the drink. Now all I have to do is add in my blonde espresso, sugar free vanilla syrup and sweetener. I remember the first day I tried this concoction. I only have one word for you, earth-shattering. OK, that’s technically two words or does the hyphen make it one? I don’t know. Anyways, check out the price difference and calorie difference with this drink.

However, you do need to take into account the nutrition information of the protein shake. This would bring the calories to 170, 6 grams of carbohydrates and 30 grams of protein. Mission accomplished! Instead of drinking my water bill every month, I successfully cut my Starbucks addiction from $165.20 a month to $47.68 a month. Also, I cut my calories from 10,500 a month to 2,720 a month.

The Coup De Grâce

Ultimately, it comes down to taste right? Does this drink have all the bells and whistles that the original drink had? I am proud to say that it most certainly does! In my opinion, I think it even tastes better than the original drink. I am happy to say that I now get to enjoy my Starbucks on a budget without all the guilt and without needing to take out a second mortgage to fund my addiction. I challenge you to try it out and let me know in the comments if I’m right or completely delusional.

Want to know what’s even better than getting Starbucks on a budget? Getting Starbucks for free. Check out this post on how I do just that. Shhhh!!! It’s our little secret!

Happy caffeinating!