4. Don’t Starve Yourself
Cutting out too many calories can backfire in more ways than one. Try to subsist on morsels and your metabolism will slow down so much that you’ll not only stop losing weight, but you’ll be lucky if you can peel yourself off the couch.
5. Wear 5 Rubber Bands on Your Wrists
That’s how many half-litre bottles of water you should drink during the day to rev up your metabolism, helping to burn more calories. At least, that’s what German researchers found when they got 14 participants to drink about half a litre of water. The volunteer’s metabolic rate, or how quickly they burned calories, jumped a third within 10 minutes of drinking the water and remained high for another 30 or 40 minutes.
6. Eat Hot Peppers
Some studies show that very spicy foods can temporarily increase your metabolism. Specialist grocers often stock many different kinds of peppers. Buy one type a week and add some to various meals. Spice up your scrambled eggs with minced jalapeno, add a little fire to beef with a half Scotch bonnet pepper, or make a spicy soup with bird’s eye chilli.