Whether you’re a regular at the gym or someone who struggles to find time to exercise, these 4 tips will turbocharge your metabolism:

  • First: Snack on pineapple. Sports medicine specialist Dr. Dan Hamner says pineapple contains a compound called bromelain which helps the pancreas process calories. In fact, the chemical is so effective it’s actually prescribed to patients with gastrointestinal disorders to help improve digestion.
  • Also: Cut back on the booze. Research shows that alcohol does a double whammy on your waistline. It contains empty calories AND slows down your body’s fat-burning process by almost 75%. That’s because the liver converts alcohol into acetate and uses that as fuel instead of stored fat, which means no weight loss.
  • The next metabolism super-charger is easy and effective: Sniff peppermint or citrus. Dr. Alan Hirsch is founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. And he says that those aromas stimulate the nervous system, which then boosts your metabolism.
  • And finally: Pray to be thinner. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo is the author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. And she says when we’re upset or anxious, our bodies conserve calories, sometimes by stashing them on our hips. Of course, you shouldn’t expect miraculous weight loss, but the calming effect of regular prayer and meditation will take your body out of fat-storing mode. Plus, less stress means less stress eating. So, you’ll consume fewer calories.

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