How does one burn calories quickly.How to Burn Calories Quickly?  

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The more muscle mass one has, the more calories he/she will burn.  The best way to become fit and burn the calories needed for weight loss is to eat healthily, work out daily with a combination of cardio and strength training (there are lots of workouts available online but you should choose one where you are alternating every other day with cardio activities like running, walking, swimming, etc. with strength training on opposite days push-ups, weights, resistance bands, etc), and get enough rest (7-8 hours nightly) in order for your body and muscles to rejuvenate.

Check out some of the links below to help you choose activities you enjoy.  You will stay with it longer and make a permanent lifestyle change if you enjoy what you're doing instead of forcing yourself to do something you loathe.  :)


marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The simple answer is work out daily. The best work out will involve your breaking a sweat, being able to carry on a conversation while you work out, and then a cool down period.

I am including some links for you to search for calories burned during a variety of activities.  Some of these links have calculators because you have to factor in your current weight to get the exact amount of calories burned while doing a particular activity.

An average person might use 230 calories while washing the family dog. Walking 4mph will burn approximatly 180 calories per hour. Gardening will burn 280 calories per hour. Cycling seems to burn the most at 560 calories per hour, but is this wide open uphill or racing??? The most comprehensive calorie consumption list is located at

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jump Rope 10 minutes

Swim 20 minutes

Drink a glass of ice-cold water (the body has to overwork itself to take in the coolness, and hence will burn whatever is available)

Ice baths (not recommended for people who aren't used to it, but these are the baths that those competitive eaters take prior to competition to burn calories)

Run in place, count your steps and try to get to 2,000 steps in a specific amount of time. Do 10,000 per day.

Build muscle, like the colleague suggested. Once you have built muscle, whatever you do will burn more calories than the average person.

If you (like me) HATE to jump rope, get one of those mini trampolines and jump away for 30 minutes while u watch TV. Check out the calorie count in the end. You will be shocked.

thewritingteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Interval training will blast calories like nothing else. The change of intensity within a single workout causes the heart and other muscles to adapt quickly, which takes more energy (and that's all calories are: energy/potential energy.)

As other have said, greater muscle mass is key to increased metabolism (and more effective calorie burning,) so a great tactic is to blend cardio and resistance training into one routine. This is the philosophy behind circuit training. The trick to making it truly effective is to raise the intensity high and then higher, rather than high and moderate.

alohaspirit eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lots of cardio so you can constantly moving, and lots of water.  If you drink a whole glass of water before a meal, you will get full, and will not eat as much.

ik9744 | Student

Great question! I bet a lot of people is wondering the same question as you are! You can burn tons of calories, from playing various types of sports. I'd prefer swimming, tennis, or badminton. If you're training or just casually playing one of them, you'll be able to burn tons and tons of calories. Going to a gym is another easy way to burn your calories, lifting weights, etc. I'd learn if you drink a lot of super cold water, it'll burn some calories [but that might be rumors]. If you go somewhere cold your body would need to heat up itself in colder place burning calories. Jump roping is a very good way to build up your cardio-vascular muscles while burning tons and tons of calories. [This might be a rumor but I've heard that jump roping makes you taller]. If you live in a two story house, going up and down the stairs constantly builds muscle in your legs/thighs, while it makes you lose tons of calories and weight. I'd have to say the best way to lose calories very fast is to swim. To swim you would have to use almost every single muscle in your body. Singing and laughing also makes you lose a tiny bit of calories. Walking, running, and sprinting also makes you lose some calories. A tip is to always be moving don't ever stop and sit down to watch tv. Just by walking around awhile will make you lose some calories. Playing games also makes you lose some calories, any type of games. Riding your bike around your neighborhood, yoga, shooting hoops, mowing a lawn, cooking, and walking a dog are all easy things that will lose calories in an instant.

Short Answer: 

Almost everything you do makes you lose calories. If you're looking for the quickest way, it has to be swimming. 

I hope I've answered the question! PM me if you need more info. Have a nice day. :D

arrellbelle | Student

In order to burn calories quickly, you need to take into account what types of exercises you're doing and determining the amount of energy you exert. Also, determine how fast or slow your metabolism is. If you're metabolism is high, then that means you consume more of your energy quicker and if it is low, then you consume more of your energy at a slower pace. Personally, I would suggest strength training prior to cardio training helps to burn more calories in huge chunks.

tomwhite55 | Student

Thanks for all of the great information on burning calories!  I have been on a weight loss program that revolves around burning calories and lowering my caloric intake.  I have been using a site called  This site provides a calories burned calculator that allows you to type in your exercise or daily routine and see how many calories you have burned.  Head on over and try it out!  Thanks again for all of the information, I also believe that exercise should be motivating!

krishna-agrawala | Student

Any vigorous exercise such as brisk walking or jogging can help you burn calories. If you like swimming, that is also excellent for burning calories. As a matter of fact any sport activity involving physical work - for example, tennis, badminton, volleyball, squash, table tennis and football - is a very effective and enjoyable way of burning calories. Also if your regular work involves physical labour, that also burns calories.

Finally, also consider the option of limiting the intake of your calories to the optimum level in line with your lifestyle.

boryung | Student

One other diet tip is to reduce your daily calorie intake. The average person consumes approximately 2,000 calories a day. Through a daily exercise regime, this can be reduced, helping you lose weight. It also helps, however, to reduce your calorie intake to about 1,500 a day. In fact, most serious dieters significantly reduce calorie intake in addition to exercising daily. By consuming only 1,500 calories a day, activities such as studying, walking up and down stairs, and other everyday movements that are not part of a daily exercise regime can even further reduce your daily net calorie intake, making it easier for you to lose weight with less exercise.