Easy ways to boost your metabolism

Dr. Melina's tips for boosting your metabolism:

All of these changes produce small increases in metabolism, but together can really help you slim down.

Build muscle:
Each pound of muscle burns an extra 35-50 calories per day.

Spice up your life:
Adding spices like chili peppers to food can boost calorie burning.

Drink plenty of cold water:
Your body burns calories heating it up and being dehydrated slows metabolism.

Breakfast is a must!
Kickstart you day with carbs and protein which will actually improve metabolism all day long.

Sip green tea:
3 cups per day increases fat loss and total calories burned

Interval train:
You can burn up to 1 1/2 times the calories in the same amount of time.

Base meals around lean protein:
Protein requires more calories to digest so you'll boost metabolism slightly.

Coffee is ok:
Caffeine does increase metabolism slightly and can really improve workouts to help you work harder and burn more calories

For more information, visit Dr. Melina's Web site at: www.drmelina.com

About Dr. Melina Jampolis:

Dr. Jampolis is a board certified internist and physician nutrition specialist (one of only 200 in the country). She specializes exclusively in nutrition for weight loss and disease prevention and treatment.

A graduate of Tufts University as well as Tufts School of Medicine, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford University teaching hospital. In 2005, Dr. Melina hosted a 10 episode diet program on the Discovery Network's FIT TV titled "Fit TV's Diet Doctor." She has recently joined the advisory board and will be a regular contributor to www.vivmag.com, the first digital only, interactive women's lifestyle magazine.

She is currently in private practice with offices in San Francisco and Burlingame.

Dr. Jampolis believes whole-heartedly in the role of nutrition in preventative medicine and achieving optimal health. She teaches a balanced and sustainable lifestyle based eating and exercise program and has helped hundreds of clients over the past several years improve their health and well-being.

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