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How to Burn Fat Without Exercise

While it’s nice to think about getting the body of your dreams without breaking a sweat, exercise can help you lose weight faster. That doesn’t mean you can’t burn fat without exercise, though -- simply adjusting your diet and lifestyle can help you lose weight, even if you never set foot in the gym. You can also up your calorie burn and get more activity without formal exercise by just making a few adjustments to your daily routine.

Write it Down: Keep a Food Diary to Burn Fat

Just having to write down what you eat might be enough to help you slim down.

Just having to write down what you eat might be enough to help you slim down.


Drop the fork and pick up a pen! Burning fat without exercise means recording everything you eat and drink in a food diary, since you’ll need to cut calories to shed pounds. In some cases, you’ll see fat burning results from writing down what you eat, even if you don’t make conscious changes to your diet -- just holding yourself accountable for what you eat significantly boosts weight loss.

Keeping a food diary doesn’t have to be boring. Treat yourself to a nice notebook and pen you’ll genuinely enjoy using and use your food diary as a chance for self-reflection by recording your emotions, thoughts and worries. It’s also a great way to communicate your feelings – even if it’s only to yourself – so