It’s not enough to count calories. Success depends on how fast the body burns those calories (your metabolism) and how satisfied they make you (your appetite). Here are five ways from everydayhealth.com to make metabolism and
appetite your allies.
No. 1. Don’t skip breakfast. It’s tempting to save on those calories by skipping the first meal of the day. But if you don’t “break the fast” after going without food all night, your body goes into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism. That means the next meal you eat will burn off more slowly.
No. 2. Start the day with protein. Protein makes you feel full longer.
No. 3. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup. Not all sugars are alike. New research shows that fructose produces fewer of the hormones that tell the brain you’re full.
No. 4. Eat beans. Beans contain “resistant starch,” meaning the body has to work harder to get those calories. That means your metabolism revs up.
No. 5. Spice up your life. Studies show black pepper has a compound that prevents fat cells from forming, and jalapeño peppers may help burn fat around the belly.