This time of year people resolve to give up all the foods they love in a Herculean effort to shed some kilos. Take the easy way out and just fidget a lot.
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MSN's Shaun Chavis summed up 50 ways to dump 500 calories a day from your diet. Many of the tips are the standard-issue "eat smaller portions" variety, but there are a few new ones as well. For instance, did you know you can burn 100 calories an hour by knitting? (One Dr Who scarf must be the equivalent of 63 Big Macs.)
One of our favourite ideas involves something lots of us do anyway when we're revved up on caffeine:
Tap your foot. Your skinnier friends are probably fidgeters, who burn up to 350 calories a day just by tapping their feet or being restless. Try it for a few days. Walk around while you're on the phone, or tap out a tune with your hands or feet (in the privacy of your own office, of course).
Endless foot tapping might drive the people around you crazy, but it's worth a shot. Be sure to check out the post for more ways to shed calories, including how to build a better burrito. If you've got a unique way of burning calories we want to hear about it in the comments.