Power Up with Proteins
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Since protein has a high thermic effect, your body will burn more calories to digest it. Score! When it comes to protein, Amanda Carlson-Phillips, vice president of nutrition and research for Core Performance, recommends including a lean protein source in every meal.
"Eating five to six mini meals per day and including a lean protein source such as low-fat cheese, beans, chicken, fish, or peanut butter on every plate is a great way to rev your metabolism and keep you feeling energized and fueled all day long," she says.
If You're Not Already, Become a Fan of Green Tea
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Stay away from sodas, alcohol, and calorie-laden beverages. Not only will they leave you feeling bloated and fatigued, they'll only slow you down.
"Drinking brewed green tea is an effective way to get EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), an ingredient known to speed up metabolism," Carlson-Phillips says. "Three cups of green tea a day can increase metabolism by up to 10 percent."
Get EGCG Other Ways
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If you've tried to like green tea and it's just not happening, there are other options. Dr. Gregg Schneider, a dentist and expert in alternative medicine, says an adequate amount of green tea to achieve really good results means consuming about six to 10 cups per day. Now that's a lot of green tea!
"It makes more sense to ingest a couple of green tea capsules per day," he says. "Look for supplements that contain at least 70 percent EGCG."
Don't be Intimidated by Gym Machines
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Angela Corcoran, director of education at the Cybex Research Institute, says to hit the gym and take advantage of those fitness machines. They're good for building lean muscles and will help you to ramp up your metabolism.
"They can also help to establish healthy fitness habits and consistency in an exercise program," Corcoran says. "Ask a trainer at your gym to explain how to use the programs on the equipment, and have them suggest a workout routine to help you."
Stock Up on Salmon
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Salmon is an Omega-3 powerhouse full of protein and healthy fats, says Ilyse Schapiro, registered dietitian and certified nutritionist. Salmon is great for burning fat, but also, the Omega-3s in it will help to make your metabolism more efficient, slowing digestion and preventing cravings, she adds.
Use Olive Oil
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Believe it or not, some oil is good for weight loss. Olive oil is a healthy fat, which actually "turns on" your metabolism and helps you burn more body fat, according to Eric Broser, professional bodybuilder and Planet Muscle Magazine columnist.
Minimize Carb Consumption
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"Stay away from processed, high sugar, junk food, even fruit juice," says Michael Mountain, author of Ultimate Fat Loss Solution. Stick to protein, which increases metabolism by 30 percent for up to 12 hours, whereas carbs and fat increase metabolism by 4 percent for less than one hour. And don't forget fiber—it binds with metabolized fat and removes it from the body.
Give Your Body a Detox
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"A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear toxins out of one's system to speed up metabolism and to enhance overall health," says Matt Dower, spa director of the award-winning Mirbeau Inn & Spa, which offers a do-it-yourself detox for those who seek to continue its health benefits at home after their visit. Just be careful to avoid extreme detox diets that can do more harm than good. Try these simple, safe ways to detox your body.
Drink, Drink, and Drink Some More
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Water really does a body good, as will other healthy drinks. "Drink lots of fluids," says Ariane Hundt, a New York City-based personal trainer and nutritionist. "A dehydrated body will slow its metabolism and increase hunger and sluggishness."
Hundt suggests detox teas (by Yogi Tea or Traditional Medicinals, for instance). You can also substitute your sugar-filled soft drink with soda water that has no flavor). They'll give you an energy boost without making you crash.
And Oh, Drink Water with Lemon
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Cheryl Wheeler Duncan, a detoxification expert, certified nutritionist, and Hollywood stuntwoman, recommends you drink a tall glass of lukewarm water with a half or whole lemon squeezed in it and fiber. She does so every morning.
"The digestive enzymes in the lemon, plus the fiber, will get your metabolism and digestive system moving so you are easily digesting anything you eat later that day," she adds.
Eat Smaller Meals More Frequently
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You've heard this one before, but it's worth repeating! Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day can help fire up your fat-burning furnace. Susie Akers, director at the Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center at MetroHealth and gastroenterology dietitian, recommends you consume at least three to four times a day instead of only one to two times to keep your metabolism up and avoid excessive portions with large meals.