17 Ways to Burn 100 Calories Right Now

Simple, close-to-home ways to shed calories in a hurry

100 calories is the now snack size. Whether it's a healthy 4-ounce serving of low-fat cottage cheese or one of the near-ubiquitous 100-calorie snack packs that have been all the rage for the past few years, 100 calories is a number everyone can wrap her head around for perfect portion control and dieting.[slideshow:684]

Problem is, too often those 100-calorie snacks are in addition to normal eating levels, rather than a way of replacing and controlling how much we eat. In fact, research shows that an extra 100 calories a day may be responsible for the increase in obesity in the United States since the 1970s. Eating 100 extra calories every day can cause up to 11 pounds of weight gain a year. Still want a snack, but without the guilt and gain?

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It's easy to burn that snack off without a full-fledged workout plan. It can be as easy as setting aside 10 minutes to get your sweat on, or even just putting a little more motion into your daily chores. That's right, no trips to the gym or expensive equipment. To prove it, we put together this list of 17 ways to burn 100 calories at home or around the neighborhood.

In the end, your weight is as simple as calories in versus calories out. Burning that extra 100 calories may be the solution to maintaing your weight, or even dropping a few pounds. All calorie calculations in our list are based on a 150-pound woman. Women who weigh more than that (and men, too!) will burn those calories even faster. Get ready to get fit—with hardly any effort.

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