If you feel that you've been battling the bulge without success, holistic physician Dr. Andrew Weil wants to help. In a recent newsletter, he revealed the three best ways to boost your metabolism and speed up weight loss.
"As we age, our metabolisms slow down, which can lead to gaining unwanted pounds. But small dietary adjustments can help minimize weight gain in our middle years," says Dr. Weil.
Try his suggestions:
- Choose healthy carbohydrates. By avoiding blood glucose spikes, you'll stop fat from storing.
- Incorporate 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," says Dr. Weil. Just one caution: Be careful with hot sauces that contain capsaicin, as a little can go a long way.
- Sip green tea. "The main antioxidant polyphenol in green tea, known as epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, stimulates the body to help burn calories"
How much green tea and what kind? Dr. Weil suggests drinking a few cups daily. Try these brands to find out which you like the most (click the links for more information):