Here’s a simple way to burn a few more calories, according to a recent study: Follow your meals with a tall glass of ice water.
In a small study, men and women who drank 2 cups of cold water after a meal temporarily experienced a 30 percent increase in the rate at which their bodies burned calories. The increased calorie burning was attributed to thermogenesis, a process by which the body burns calories for digestion purposes. It has been estimated that you can burn about 60 extra calories per day this way. That doesn’t sound like much, but as a daily habit that adds up to 21,900 calories (or 6 pounds of fat lost) per year!