3. Rev Your Metabolism

Metabolism is the process your body uses to convert food into energy. If your weight loss is stalled, your metabolism might just need a little boost. Luckily, there are easy things you can do to ignite your body's fat-burning engines.

Add Protein and Greens
Digesting high-fiber green vegetables is an easy way to make your metabolism work harder, and it can kill cravings for unhealthy foods. Likewise, your body burns twice as many calories by digesting proteins than it does when digesting carbs. Add more protein to your diet with two fish-based meals per week. Packed with protein, fish, such as halibut or salmon, also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which increase fat-burning enzymes in the body.

Spice It Up
Some plants contain the bioactive ingredient capsaicin, which not only makes them spicy hot, but also doubles your body's energy expenditure for 3 hours after a meal. Plants belonging to this family are a hot ticket for boosting metabolism. Include red peppers, cayenne, jalapenos, habaneros, and tabasco in your cooking. Capsaicin may also work to suppress appetite centers in the brain by boosting the release of certain neurotransmitters.

Ginger is also another good addition. It not only aids in digestion but increases body temperature and metabolic rates as much as 20 percent after eating. Slice fresh ginger and stir-fry it with vegetables for an energy invigorating meal.

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