One of the best metabolism-boosting ingredients out there is likely already sitting in your refrigerator: mustard. Eating just one teaspoon of the stuff—for a mere 5 calories—can boost your metabolism by up to 25 percent for several hours, according to scientists at England's Oxford Polytechnic Institute. Smear some of the spread onto a turkey sandwich, brush some onto a fish fillet before baking, or use it as a meat marinade. Since eating protein can also boost your calorie burn, combining them is a middle-whittling double whammy!
When deciding how to detox specifically for your body, it is important to consider your current state of health and your lifestyle. For example, are you are taking medication? Are you feeling unwell or have recently been ill? Are you under a lot of stress and pressure? Is your schedule packed to bursting?
Any tea will help soothe your nerves, but white tea, part of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse , packs a particular one-two punch that can actually attack belly fat. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). The tea's combination of caffeine and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) seems to set fat cells up for defeat.
A detox or cleanse diet isn't really about weight loss, but that can be a happy side effect. Your body is exposed to toxins regularly. Some are made during regular metabolism and others come from the foods you eat, beverages you drink, pollutants you breathe or substances you absorb through the skin.
You went out on a limb and bought a tight little dress for your friend's spring wedding—it's one size too small. What better motivation to lose weight, right? Now you have a month and a half to shrink your waist. Don't freak out. Here's your game plan: Instead of overhauling your entire diet, simply add an artichoke to your dinner salad. For every 10 grams of fiber you eat daily, your middle will carry 3.7 percent less flab, according to Wake Forest University researchers. Just one artichoke will help you hit the day's nutritional mark—and look trim as ever on your friend's big day!