22. Dressing Up
What you wear could help you burn extra calories! We don’t mean wearing a trash bag like Bradley Cooper in the Silver Linings Playbook, and no, we’re talking about actual clothes you already have in your wardrobe. A study took 53 healthy men and women and dressed them in professional work attire one day and jeans the next. This process went on for two weeks until they had a look at the results. Can you tell which one helped burn the most calories during the day?
The winner was jeans! It’s not that the jeans themselves help shed the calories but rather the behavior when wearing them. They discovered that when the study participants wore jeans, they burned an additional 25 calories than when wearing formal wear. How? Since they walked 8% more steps than on professional attire days, there was a difference. It could be because work clothes feel constrictive whereas casual garments make you feel freer in your movements. Jeans are also a fitted pair of pants, so when you eat a bit more, you certainly want to open up that top button, which makes people more aware of what they are consuming.