Ask the Diet Doctor: How Can I Boost My Metabolism?
By Mike Roussell, PhD
Q: "How can I boost my metabolism? Can eating certain foods help?"
A: You may be surprised to know that the whole idea of
"metabolism-boosting foods" is generally a myth perpetuated via
hype and the marketing of different diet products and services.
While there are a few foods that can increase your calorie
burning, including hot peppers, cold water, and green tea, the
effects are small, and thus they should be secondary fat-burning
strategies, not primary ones.
Small reductions in your metabolism while dieting are inevitable,
but here’s the secret to stoking your metabolic fire: The best way
to speed up your metabolism is not to crash it in the first place.
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