The prospect of losing weight while you are sleeping may sound like a claim right out of a dubious infomercial. The truth however is that the body does burn calories during slumber, and taking the right steps can significantly increase that burn.
Sleep soundly. You actually burn more calories during sleep than while lying in bed awake because the brain is highly active during the REM stages. Plus, during REM sleep the body’s internal temperature spikes, meaning your body is working harder to produce heat.
The best way to burn more calories around the clock is to pump up your muscles with strength-training exercises. Over time, you can increase your body’s metabolism by as much as 15 percent.
The simple act of turning down the thermostat may cause several pounds to melt away effortlessly over time.