We talk a lot on this show about how to boost our metabolism. So, here are a few more ways to get our calorie burn fired up:
• Don’t let your calorie intake dip below 1,200 calories a day. Registered dietician Keri Gans says eating too few calories can send your body into starvation mode, and store fat instead of burning it. A moderately active woman who’s 5’5”, for example, may need 1,700 calories per day. Those calories should come from a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Plus, lean protein, like sirloin and skinless poultry, and healthy fats from nuts and avocado.
• Eat some seaweed. A compound in seaweed has been proven to prevent obesity. Nutrition expert Dr. Caroline Cederquist says she often recommends seaweed supplements combined with green tea to boost metabolism in people who can’t tolerate prescription meds.
• Dress your salads with vinaigrette. The acids in vinegar kick-start the genes that stimulate fat burning. And studies show that obese people who added vinegar to their diet had lower body weight, body fat and triglyceride levels.
• Add fish to your diet. Nutrition expert Dr. Jonny Bowden says Omega-3 fatty acids in fish make our liver cells burn fat more efficiently. So, get regular servings of oily fish, like wild salmon, tuna, and lake trout.
• Go organic. Studies suggest that the rise in obesity rates may be partly connected to some chemical food preservatives – which affect appetite and metabolism, and increase fat storage. So, eat organic whenever possible. And make a special effort to avoid non-organic fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides, like apples, celery, peaches, potatoes, spinach strawberries, and bell peppers.