4 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
As we age, our metabolisms slow down, which can lead to gaining extra, unwanted pounds. But small dietary adjustments can help minimize weight gain in our middle years. Try these suggestions:
- Eat small meals throughout the day and never skip a meal. This encourages steady caloric burn, blood sugar levels, and a consistent metabolism. You should eat every 3 - 4 hours. If you are hungry before 3 hours, eat more healthy fats- they keep you fuller longer.
- Choose healthy carbohydrates. Replace refined, high-glycemic-index carbs with unrefined, low-glycemic choices. The latter do not cause the spikes in blood glucose levels that encourage the storage of fat.
- Use spices. Capsaicin (the compound that gives chili peppers their bite), black pepper and ginger all boost the generation of heat in the body, leading to more calories burned.
- Drink green tea. The main antioxidant polyphenol in green tea, known as Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, stimulates the body to help burn calories.
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