Make your dinner more nutritious—and fire up its calorie-burning potential at the same time. All you need to do is sub whole grains for refined grains, according to a new study out of Tufts University.
Substituting whole grains for refined grains—say, subbing in brown rice with your dinner instead of your usual white— increases calorie loss by reducing the calories you retain during digestion. The swap also tends to speed up metabolism.
You burn calories better even when you’re doing nothing
Basically, you burn calories better even when you’re doing nothing, and you poop out more, too. How is that not winning?
Credit much of that to the additional fiber in whole grains compared to low-fiber content of refined grains. According to the Mayo Clinic, dietary fiber isn’t digested by the body, but rather acts like a sweeper to move other material through your digestive system.
That makes your toilet time more productive. It also increases the efficiency of your body’s food processing system, and that provides a metabolism boost that helps you use and burn more calories.