With slowing of metabolism and hormonal decline, women over 50 can benefit from eating around 1200 calories per day, sleeping and standing more.

Standing quietly, a 150-pound person burns about 114 calories per hour, or 912 calories in eight hours.

During sleep, a person’s weight and the number of hours he or she sleeps determines how many calories you burn sleeping. Normally, a person burns about 0.42 caloriesfor every pound each hour of sleep. For instance, a 150 lb. person burns about 63 calories in one hour.

An hour-long massage can burn more calories than you might think — 230 calories — the same as an hour of light weight training.

Calories Burned While Breathing — or Sleeping

Instead of using a specific formula, you can simply look up the average number of calories burned on a chart, such as the one in the Harvard Heart Letter. According to the chart, in 30 minutes of sleep a 125-pound person burns 19 calories, while a 185-pound person burns 28 calories. Sleeping is the one time that you can be sure that you’re only breathing.

Some research indicates that drinking water can help to burn calories. In a 2014 study, 12 people who drank 500 mL of cold and room temperature waterexperienced an increase in energy expenditure. Theyburned between 2 and 3 percent more calories than usual in the 90 minutes after drinking the water.

Other ways to burn calories

Crying, laughing, dancing, fidgeting, sleeping and walking

That is enough to lose between 1–4lbs a year. According to research conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns between 10 and 40 calories a day. Laughing for a cumulative 15 minutes a day burns from 10 to 40 calories, enough to burn off three or four unsalted crackers.

A 150-pound person will burn 34 calories per hour during Sitting while doing arts and crafts, light effort, see CalorieLab to customize.

Comparing to Inactivity
30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means drawing, writing, painting, standing burns 2.0 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 1.8 times more calories for an average female.

  • Hatha yoga | 228 calories/hour
  • Ballroom dancing | 273 calories/hour
  • Tai Chi | 273 calories/hour
  • A brisk walk | 391 calories/hour

Calcium and magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Omega fatty acids supplements

The results showed a combination of calcium intake, fewer calories, and exercise increased 24-hour fat burning by more than 30%. Further research published in the International Journal of Obesity found 1,200 milligrams of supplemental calcium per day decreased production of fatty acid synthase.

Fish oil

Fish oil can activate brown adipose tissue to burn fat and help with weight loss.

Cold temperatures

Cold temperatures activate brown fat, earlier research has shown. “Your hypothalamus detects that, which in turn activates the sympathetic nervous system,” explains Dr. Majid Fotuhi, medical director of NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center in Virginia, who was not involved in the study. When that happens, brown fat cells get the signal to generate heat through the activation of a protein called UCP1.



This juicy fruit provides only 30 calories per 100 grams and keeps you hydrated. It is rich in amino acid arginine which helps in burning fat.


They are rich in fiber, have low glycemic index and prevent constipation. They also activate the metabolic rate which helps in weight loss.


A great source of Vitamin C, pear is the perfect fruit for weight loss. It is packed with fiber which keeps you full for longer as it gets digested slowly. Pears are also known to keep your cholesterol levels in check.


Add some tang to your diet with this nutrient-dense, low-calorie fruit. Oranges provide only 47 calories per 100 grams. Orange is considered to be a negative calorie fruit which means that it contains less calories than what your body requires to burn it. Simply put, you burn more than you eat.


Popularly known as a superfood, blueberries are rich in antioxidants and help in boosting metabolic rate. Regular consumption is also known to reduce insulin resistance, hypertension and cholesterol.


These beautiful looking berries help in the production of fat burning hormones adiponectin and leptin resulting in higher metabolism.


They are very filling as water composes 89 percent of their weight. Being rich in fiber, they help in reducing hunger.