1. Learn your body’s natural rhythm.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Maybe you hit your stride midday. When your body reaches its natural energy peak is the ideal time to consume your highest calorie meal, because you maximize your metabolic burn. Not sure of your body’s natural rhythm? Take note of your energy patterns for a week to determine when you feel at your best.

2. Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that provides the heat, may also increase the enzymes that help you metabolize fat. It works like this; the spicier the meal the higher the capsaicin. So don’t be afraid to spice up your meals!

3. Tea for you.

When you’re working toward your 64-128 oz fluid daily, refresh your taste buds (and metabolism) by indulging in a glass of iced green or oolong tea. The combination of caffeine and catechins in the tea leaves may help your body break down fat and improve energy expenditure over 24 hours. Just remember to use a sugar substitute if you like your tea sweet.

4. Add a teaspoon of ginger.

Ginger may increase the number of calories you burn by activating the brown fat in your body. Brown fat is the “good fat” that takes sugar from your blood stream to burn calories and maintain your body’s core temperature. Add Spicy Moroccan Shrimp (Signature Patient Website) to your recipe rotation.

5. Drink an extra cool glass of water.

In a study of water’s affect on weight loss, scientists found that drinking a 16 oz glass increased the body’s energy expenditure by as much as 30%*. Warmer temperature water did not produce the same result. So drop a couple ice cubes in your glass for best results!

6. Curry up already!

While we know that chili powder aids digestion, turmeric (a spice in curry powder) may also help breakdown dietary fats by stimulating the release of bile, a fluid made and released by the liver that aids digestion. Log on to the Signature Patient Website and check out the Curry Chicken recipe, our tasty take on this popular Indian dish.

7. Chew on this.

Scientists have found that chewing gum for at least 45 minutes can suppress hunger, appetite, and cravings for snacks. Study participants have even reported feeling full between meals! So the next time you’re checking out at the grocery store, reach for a pack of low-calorie gum. It may be the distraction you need to avoid snacking between meals.

8. Don’t sit still!

Do you have a lot of nervous energy? Use it to your advantage! Activities like tapping your fingers or feet have been shown to increase the average number of calories burned per minute by as much as 54%*.

9. Laugh it off.

Taking in a comedy show could improve more than your mood! Laughter has been shown to increase the body’s energy expenditure and heart rate by as much as 20%*. This means that a 10-15 minute laugh fest could increase your energy expenditure by 40-170 calories!

10. Chill out!

Turning down your thermostat could improve your metabolic health. Sleeping at 66 degrees F has been found to nearly double the body’s store of brown fat. Consider replacing your heavy blankets with a lighter sheet. It could be the kick-start you need to rev up your metabolism.

*Compared to resting values.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the foods and recipes mentioned are appropriate for their stage of the program.