6 Non-Gimmicky Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

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6 Non-Gimmicky Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Blaming a slow metabolism on your inability to drop unwanted pounds is a common excuse. And if you think that’s what’s been holding you back lately, you’re in luck—you have the power to improve your metabolism!

The number of calories your body burns each day (a.k.a. your metabolism) is dependent on several factors, including your age, gender, muscle-to-fat ratio, food intake, and activity level. While you can’t stop birthdays from coming, it turns out there are a few things you can do daily to give your metabolism a kick in the pants. Here are 6 gimmick-free metabolism boosters to add to your routine. (They may not have infomercials touting their magic powers, but they work!)

1. Start strength training Your body burns calories even when you’re not active, but those of you with a higher muscle-to-fat ratio are burning more. 1 pound of lean body tissue, including organs and muscles, burns an average of 14 calories a day, while 1 pound of fat only burns 3. Weight bearing exercises—even the body weight kind, like pushups and squats, help to build muscle and eliminate fat, making your metabolism higher.

2. Get your heart thumping Doing cardio at the gym may not beef up your muscles, but it can rev your metabolism for a few hours post-exercise. The trick is to make it a high-intensity workout. Push yourself to run or walk faster or try a more intense dance class to reap the benefits.

3. Drink plenty of water Being even mildly dehydrated can slow down your metabolism, because your body needs water to process calories. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces daily—and sip even more if you’re working out or if it’s hot outside. For example, if you weigh 148 pounds you need to guzzle 74 ounces daily as a base, and then add another 8 ounces for every 15 minutes of exercise. Snacking on high-water content fruits and veggies can also help you stay hydrated.

4. Snack between meals No, you’re not getting the green light to reach for a bag of Cheetos! Instead, you should be thinking about eating smaller main meals and adding a smart snack in between each—which means you’d be noshing every 3 to 4 hours. Several studies show enjoying several small meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism up, so you end up burning more calories over time.

5. Spice up your life Chili peppers, including cayenne and jalapeño, contains capsaicin, a compound shown in studies to give your metabolism a 15 to 20% boost for up to two hours after eating it. Consider sprinkling savory meals with red pepper flakes from now on.

6. Sip a little caffeine Caffeine gives you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling tired, it’s been shown to increase your endurance during exercise, and research also links it to a slight spike in your metabolism. The best source? Green tea, which offers the power of caffeine and catechins, antioxidants found in tea that can increase your metabolism for a couple of hours. Studies suggest drinking 2 to 4 cups of green tea daily may encourage your body to burn 17% more calories during moderately intense exercise.

Which of these metabolism-boosting ideas are you planning to try? (And which ones are you already doing?) Tell us in the comments!

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  • Sjoerd Westenborg

    I’ve incorporated all six in my routine already, but it took quite some time to sift through all the rubbish advice to find these gems. This comprehensive list is bound to help a lot of people.

    Consider adding a warning about the downsides of overhydration and building up a caffeine tolerance or, gods forbid, addiction.

    A caffeinated beverage like coffee or black tea can also be combined with a very warm bath to increase the release of fatty acids in the bloodstream. If you exercise afterwards it really helps using your fat for energy instead of that precious protein and glucose.

    However, please always consult with a health professional before using a tip like this.

    Let me know if this was helpful, I’m quite new here 🙂

  • Sjoerd Westenborg

    I’ve incorporated all six in my routine already, but it took quite some time to sift through all the rubbish advice to find these gems. This comprehensive list is bound to help a lot of people.

    Consider adding a warning about the downsides of overhydration and building up a caffeine tolerance or, gods forbid, addiction.

    A caffeinated beverage like coffee or black tea can also be combined with a very warm bath to increase the release of fatty acids in the bloodstream. If you exercise afterwards it really helps using your fat for energy instead of that precious protein and glucose.

    However, please always consult with a health professional before using a tip like this.

    Let me know if this was helpful, I’m quite new here 🙂

    • hendgesr

      I have never heard about the warm bath and working out after to maximize fat energy. Sounds like something to try. Thanks for the tip, I’ll keep you posted on if it works for me. 😀

    • hendgesr

      I have never heard about the warm bath and working out after to maximize fat energy. Sounds like something to try. Thanks for the tip, I’ll keep you posted on if it works for me. 😀

  • Frances Ann Ware-Mag

    I will try the green tea boost, I also have green coffee bean capsules, I have to drink a lot of water AZ is in triple digits and kidney stones are chronic out here..Az is Chili pepper land will start putting them on my scrambled eggs too..lets see what happens

  • ST-Tech

    More myths 🙁
    Where are the references to any studies?

    • mikeyboy

      There is a lot of studies out there, all you have to do is research it.

    • Lara

      I know right 🙁 Most of this stuff has been thoroughly debunked. Telling people to eat more to increase their metabolism imo is outright dangerous.

      • fglory667@yahoo.com

        I STARTED EATING 3 MEALS AND 2 SNACKS A DAY AND LOST 12 POUNDS IN A MONTH… I USE TO EAT ONLY 1 OR 2 MEALS A DAY… I LOST 100 POUNDS TWICE BY EATING 5 TO 6 TIMES A DAY… ITS NOT HOW MANY TIMES YOU EAT AS TO WHAT YOU EAT… CAN’T SNACK ON GREASY CHIPS, BUT YOU CAN MAKE A LIL CRAB DIP AND 5 MULTIGRAIN CRACKERS FOR ONLY 113 CALORIES… I EAT 3 MEALS AND 2 SNACKS AND ONLY TAKE IN 900 TO 1200 CALORIES..
        AND BTW I HAVEN’T DONE ANY EXERCISE TO LOSE WEIGHT, I WILL ONCE I AM ABLE, I AM LOSING WEIGHT TO GET HEALTHIER..

        • Wes

          WHY ARE YOU YELLING?

          • Mamabear

            LOL! I’m laughing out loud and not yelling… 😀

        • TKC

          Wishing you the best of luck in your journey!

        • Phil

          All caps = auto-ignore……..

        • Phil

          All caps = auto-ignore……..

        • rocal

          No Lara, not to eat MORE, it’s been shown in numbers of people, that if you eat your alloted or BMR count of calories (how many calories YOUR particular body needs based on weight, height and age) in smaller doses, your metabolism is revved up. In others, 3 square meals and 2 snacks is great, in others 5 to 6 small SMALL meals are better, 1400 calories ends up being 1400 calories no matter what time of day you eat if that’s all you consume, but if you eat 1400 calories in smaller more frequent intakes, it can boost your metabolism. It takes energy to digest.

          • JofJLTNCB6

            Why do you think it takes more energy to digest 1400 calories eaten throughout the day than it does to digest 1400 calories in one meal?

            Also, links to these studies that you say prove metabolism is “revved up” by more frequent meals.

          • Eliot

            Studies I have seen show no such difference. Bottom line, if you eat less calories than you use, you lose weight. metabolisms change constantly for many reasons. The body tries to balance itself. Any extreme change is met with a bioreaction to equalize it.

          • Tonya

            I was reading your reply and I’m trying to figure out the best diet for my self.i have cut diet pop out completely and only drink water,hot tea with no calorie sweetener and the same with coffee, my calorie intake is around 900 a day not starving myself but burning what I’m putting in my body. My question is that is counting calories enough to lose weight and exercise

          • Dick Tracy

            “revving up” your metabolism in bad ways is merely overtaxing your system and will have long term ill effects, caffeine, hot spiced foods, and eating before your last meal was digested. The only healthy ways to increase your metabolism is exercise, proper sleep, and proper hydration, these other shortcuts will eventually catch up to you

        • Amy

          Oh dear, I hope you aren’t underdoing the calories. 900 to 1200 calories (especially if you are exercising too) would cause a massive calorie deficit which isn’t always good. Yes you’ll get a quick fix but you’ll lose muscle and put too much stress on your vital organs which can lead to heart attacks and other major health complications. I suggest you see a qualified dietician to get some help with how many calories you actually need for your body.

        • Dick Tracy

          Eating sooner than your last meal is digested is losing out on nutrients and overtaxing your digestive system. 4-5 hours between meals minimum allows your body to absorb all the nutrients and rest from its work. Consider a day if fasting as well

      • Frustrated

        Why can’t people read? It’s not More food, it says ( and a well know statement already) eat Smaller main meals, and Healthy Snacks in between. It is to stop your body going into starvation mode, which eats muscle not fat.

        • J

          LOLwhat? Starvation mode stopped by frequent snacking? :laugh:

          And *we* can’t read?

          • Ana Rosario

            Sorry but frustrated is right. You should read about what happens when the body “thinks” it is starving. It slows down the metabolism to conserve energy and fat. This also screws up the sugar levels. Eating fewer meals is just bad for health all around.

          • JofJLTNCB6

            I have read about it…and you’re wrong..or at least you’re wrong about what “starvation mode” is and isn’t. Does metabolism *slowly* adjust based on *total calories* of food consumed over time? Absolutely. Does the frequency of the meals for those “total calories” affect this metabolism shift? Not even a little bit. (And an even bigger effect on metabolism than total calories is total weight. So much of what looks like a metabolism slowdown during weight loss isn’t because of the necessary calorie restriction but because the individual is losing weight and simply requires fewer calories as a result).

            Also, your assertion that “eating fewer meals is just bad for health all around” is laughably incorrect.

            TL;DR – stop believing everything you read in a magazine or on the internet. Some myths have remarkable resiliency.

          • Eliot

            Is your post not one on the internet? Besides not relying on posters whose qualifications are unknown and often clearly dubious, it doesn’t help that articles by supposedly qualified experts directly contradict each other. One article says the “drink 8 cups of water a day” is a complete myth. Another says 8 cups a day is a must. That is a real example, both of which I just read recently in articles by documented “experts.”

      • katjule

        Its what you eat more of… like chicken.. fish.. and beans for proteins. Real granola bars.. yogurts.. rice and fruits for carbs. And lots of veggies at each meal! Eating 4-6 small meals like these (adjust for activity levels) will help your metabolism.

      • INDEPENDENT

        Not true. On the 17 day diet I ate more than ever but not junk. People that did not lose was not eating enough.Good foods on the list for the first 17 days like fruit, veg, meat, fish, and water, green tea. Then yu go to the next phase

        • Can you share the 17 day diet?

        • Eliot

          Again, all the things you are listing are low calorie alternatives to what you were likely eating. I can stuff myself virtaully all day on celery and lettuce. Obviously, if someone said, but I only ate 1 Whopper with Cheese, you wouldn’t think, “hmmmm one burger versus 30 celery sticks and a head of lettuce. I don’t know why the burger guy didn’t lose weight when celery guy, who ate much more, did”.

      • favsis5bros

        The tip is to eat smaller meals, more often. When you cut calories, it is helpful to spread those same calories over 5 – 6 meals/snacks, to regulate your blood sugar

        • heidi

          bingo! I wondered how long it would take for someone to get it right LOL stable blood sugar levels from balanced meals and snacks helps us use that energy rather than storing it as fat.

          • JofJLTNCB6

            Except that stable blood sugar levels have NOTHING to do with whether or not you’re in a net calorie deficit or surplus. Your body doesn’t care about the frequency of your food. It uses X amount of energy (aka calories) to accomplish whatever task it’s doing whether that’s exercise or keeping you alive or whatever other factor of “metabolism” you’re worried about…and this is true whether you’re eating eight or two meals per day. It uses energy stores when it’s short and it creates energy stores when it has a surplus at that moment. At the end of the day, though, meal frequency is essentially irrelevant.

            Now, might meal frequency help some people to eat fewer calories? Sure…just as some people do better with larger, less frequent meals. Fortunately, tracking with a service such as MFP makes this argument less important (or at least can help prevent running into a problem with it).

            And the fact that MFP continues to solicit blogs that provide this kind of outdated advice from decades ago is disheartening.

          • favsis5bros

            Yes, but when you have peaks and dips in your blood sugar, you have more feelings of acute weakness and HUNGER, which will cause you to overeat!

          • JofJLTNCB6

            Which has *nothing* to do with metabolism…and by using MFP to track calories, you can ensure you don’t overeat.

            It’s as if the blog side of MFP is completely unaware of the calorie tracking side of MFP.

      • Eliot

        You’re missing the point. It isn’t telling people to eat more. It’s telling them, if you starve yourself “between” meals, you are much more likely to eat a huge meal at “meal time”, whereas if you spread out your eating, you will ultimately eat less.

    • Lara

      I know right 🙁 Most of this stuff has been thoroughly debunked. Telling people to eat more to increase their metabolism imo is outright dangerous.

    • Lara

      I know right 🙁 Most of this stuff has been thoroughly debunked. Telling people to eat more to increase their metabolism imo is outright dangerous.

    • Forest

      If you care to google, you’ll find scientific studies to back most of these. Its understandable that an article like this won’t be referencing scientific papers (this is not a science journal!). The only one that doesn’t work for me is the eating multiple small meals but I would strongly agree with the other 5.

    • Forest

      If you care to google, you’ll find scientific studies to back most of these. Its understandable that an article like this won’t be referencing scientific papers (this is not a science journal!). The only one that doesn’t work for me is the eating multiple small meals but I would strongly agree with the other 5.

  • Melissa Cummings

    I drink the water and i spice up the food…

  • Raymond Karlsen

    All of them on a daily basis. Considering amphetamines now. Lol 😉

    • Rich Bechtel

      Lol. Me too.

      • pat

        I can dig it.

        • bill

          meth.

    • Dick Tracy

      Dangerous

  • Dan Borden

    I have added 3 litres a day – plus a litre during my 45 min work out and have seen a huge difference in even just 2 weeks! 🙂 Love this site!!!!!

  • Tania

    I’ve been doing all these except eating between meals and the green tea since January and I am down 31 lbs

    • INDEPENDENT

      Green tea works. I did the 17 day diet which is all these things. I lost 25 lbs and never gained it back.

      • Please share your 17 day diet

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      • Sandy from Santee

        I’ve lost 35 pounds and it seems I’m at a stand still. I’ve cut my calories and walk 3-4 miles 4 times a week. I try to add the water but will make more of a effort to add water and green tea.I certainly don’t want to gain any of it back. Thanks for the tips.

        • JofJLTNCB6

          ^this is why so many of us are so adamant about fighting bogus and misleading advice. There is *nothing* special about green tea in re weight loss either initial or sustained. To lead others to a conclusion that it is is actually detrimental to what they need to know for long-term results.
          What maintains weight loss is eating at a net neutral caloric level, much like what results in weight loss is eating at a net deficit calorie level. That is it. There is no 17 day diet and no amount of green tea or water that causes it.

          Is drinking water/green tea a good idea (for hydration)? Absolutely. It’s a wonderful thing to do…but it is *not* what causes weight loss.

          • Eliot

            What causes weight loss is a determination to do it. You have to believe in a diet to stick with it. And that is why different people insist that a particular diet worked great while another didn’t. People dismiss “it only works because you think it does” as some kind of unimportant joke. The fact is, it is the heart of weight loss.

  • Ann-Marie Hobbs-Griffeth

    I drink a lot of water and MUST have caffeine. LOL Can’t do any thing spicy, chasing after 2 little ones all day is about the extent of my work outs. LOL

    • Forest

      Hyphenated first AND last names?! Spelling your name would be a workout in itself 🙂

      • Pat

        lol

      • Ann-Marie Hobbs-Griffeth

        Well I only use my maiden name on FB. So my High School friends can find me. And also for the irony that my husband’s aunt and I have the exact same first names and her maiden name is Griffeth, so I have to keep mine in there so people don’t think I’m her. Make it “less” confusing…. But yeah…..LOL 🙂

      • Ann-Marie Hobbs-Griffeth

        There’s 2 of us…… In the same family….. have to make sure every one knows which one I am…. LOL

  • Debbie Johnson Back

    I have everything in my routine now, except for the peppers. I am down 23 pounds.

  • Nicole

    Definitely have to drink more water… not going to be able to do 1/2 my
    body weight, but going to ramp it up. I also want to try to eat
    smaller meals. I am a big dinner person and will save calories for
    dinner when I should be evenly distributing them over the day. Thanks!

    • Djames1213

      I used to balance out my meals then someone told me I should…..
      Eat breakfast like a King
      Lunch like a Prince and
      Dinner like a Pauper

      That way you have the remainder of the day to work off the calories instead of leaving them until the end of the day when you have less time. It has worked out so far. :o)

  • Forest

    Sorry, I’ve tried the snacks between meals but it doesn’t work for me (very hard to make “good choices” for snacks). I do some version of the other 5 but will try to do more diligently. Thanks for the article

    • Crashster

      I use fruits or nuts for snacks, which are typically always healthy choices. Just my two cents! 🙂

    • Naye

      Carrots and hummus, fresh fruit, or a small version of your larger meal

  • fglory667@yahoo.com

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EATING SNACKS IN BETWEEN MEALS… EVERYTIME YOU EAT YOU BOOST YOUR METABOLIAM, THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN… EATING SNACK HEALTHY SNACKS ISN’T HARD.. I ENJOY CRAB DIP AND 5 MULTIGRAIN CRACKERS, OR 1/2 FRUIT COCKTAIL, OR 1 SLICE DIET BREAD WITH 1 TABLESPOON PEANUT BUTTER, I TOAST THE BREAD…YOU CAN ALSO BUY A REDUCED FAT GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST, AND MAKE SOME CHOCOLATE FAT FREE SUGARFREE PUDDING AND PUT IN THE (BAKED AND COOLED) CRUST SET IN FRIDGE FOR 5 HOURS OR OVER NIGHT… SERVE A SLICE WITH 1 TABLESPOON SUGARFREE COOL WHIP ON IT… MY GRANDSON BEGS FOR HIS, HE IS 10 AND FOUND OUT HE LOVES SUGARFREE PUDDINGS…I HAVE BEEN EATING EVERY 2 1/2 TO 3 HOURS, EITHER 1 OF MY 3 MEALS OR 1 OF MY 2 SNACKS… I HAVE LOST 20 POUNDS SO FAR IN 5 WEEKS.. EATING THIS WAY ALSO KEEPS YOUR SUGAR FROM JUMPING AND DROPPING ALL DAY IT HELPS TO EVEN IT OUT!!

    • J

      Please share support for meal frequency affecting overall metabolism rate.

    • Snarkfarkle

      Will you PLEASE STOP SHOUTING!!!

  • Vern

    Strength plus High Intensity Interval Training is the best! In 4 weeks, from 61.2 kg down to 57kg, now I am 55kg and counting. Discipline, eat lean and get lean!

  • Vern

    Strength plus High Intensity Interval Training is the best! In 4 weeks, from 61.2 kg down to 57kg, now I am 55kg and counting. Discipline, eat lean and get lean!

  • Vern

    Strength plus High Intensity Interval Training is the best! In 4 weeks, from 61.2 kg down to 57kg, now I am 55kg and counting. Discipline, eat lean and get lean!

  • Chibimii

    Excellent Advice! Not sure I believe the Chili Pepper thing…

    But I’ve already read plenty on how well built/defined muscles will cause you to burn more at rest than non-developed muscles.

  • Chibimii

    Excellent Advice! Not sure I believe the Chili Pepper thing…

    But I’ve already read plenty on how well built/defined muscles will cause you to burn more at rest than non-developed muscles.

  • Chibimii

    Excellent Advice! Not sure I believe the Chili Pepper thing…

    But I’ve already read plenty on how well built/defined muscles will cause you to burn more at rest than non-developed muscles.

  • Chibimii

    Excellent Advice! Not sure I believe the Chili Pepper thing…

    But I’ve already read plenty on how well built/defined muscles will cause you to burn more at rest than non-developed muscles.

  • Theresa Corbett

    Will do all but 6 – caffeine and me do not mix… lol I know when I am drinking enough water, I do lose weight or at least I am not at a stand-still!!! Thanks for the reminder on that!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Theresa Corbett

    Will do all but 6 – caffeine and me do not mix… lol I know when I am drinking enough water, I do lose weight or at least I am not at a stand-still!!! Thanks for the reminder on that!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Theresa Corbett

    Will do all but 6 – caffeine and me do not mix… lol I know when I am drinking enough water, I do lose weight or at least I am not at a stand-still!!! Thanks for the reminder on that!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cindy

    I won’t do anything “SUGAR FREE!” ASPARTAME IS BAD, BAD FOR YOU, YES I AM YELLING THAT 😉 Be careful.

  • Michael Joshua

    The only one thats still a myth is eat loads of meals a day. If you eat 3 balanced meals with a couple of good snacks 200-300cals below your BMR it has exactly the same as fiddling to balance smaller meals as well as the time to eat them. Calorie intake will win instead of trying to spike blood sugar lol.

  • Michael Joshua

    The only one thats still a myth is eat loads of meals a day. If you eat 3 balanced meals with a couple of good snacks 200-300cals below your BMR it has exactly the same as fiddling to balance smaller meals as well as the time to eat them. Calorie intake will win instead of trying to spike blood sugar lol.

  • Michael Joshua

    The only one thats still a myth is eat loads of meals a day. If you eat 3 balanced meals with a couple of good snacks 200-300cals below your BMR it has exactly the same as fiddling to balance smaller meals as well as the time to eat them. Calorie intake will win instead of trying to spike blood sugar lol.

  • Michael Joshua

    The only one thats still a myth is eat loads of meals a day. If you eat 3 balanced meals with a couple of good snacks 200-300cals below your BMR it has exactly the same as fiddling to balance smaller meals as well as the time to eat them. Calorie intake will win instead of trying to spike blood sugar lol.

  • Carolynn Perkins

    As always, consult your doctor. I know all this is sound advice because I have read the research continually over the years. However, for burning fat DURING your workout, cardio is not the way to go. If you wish to burn fat DURING your workout, cardio is counter productive in that regard. Aerobic exercise is affective for fat-burning DURING your workout if you maintain a heart rate between 55 & 75% of maximum. As to the caffeine, it increases your heart rate whether exercising or not. Increasing caffeine intake is not recommended for folks with a higher risk for heart disease. Even though tea makes me gag no matter how much I “doctor” it up with lemon or honey, I’ll try all these metabolism boosters. Some of them I do already, like the snacking with fresh fruit; however, I need to increase my water intake. I’m going to go purchase some red pepper flakes today because that seems to be the most convenient means of including capsaisin into my diet (the vinegar in hot sauces aggravate acid reflux symptoms). Thanks, myfitnesspal, for these practical non-gimmick suggestions.

  • Boo

    Hi if I am starting exercise mainly to tone up – cellulite appearing on arms and legs and need to loose a stone in weight – what should i do? Cycling/power walking I am not a gym fan“? Will certainly try the water for weight loss.

  • Nc

    Please post the 17 days diet once more

  • Juggernaut

    I started the cave man diet almost 6 months ago and also incorporate the drinking of plenty water. I’m down 60 lbs but Ive plateaued for the last month. I feel better than Ive felt in 15 years. I’m going to add these to my plan and see the results come in

  • Terry

    Healthy snacks are really very easy. I usually have some things on hand to grab in the mornings: 1/4 c mixed nuts, either whole or fresh cut fruit, veggie crackers with hummus or raw veggies with hummus, cheese stick or boiled egg. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate just a few bites to keep you going.

  • hendgesr

    I started doing these roughly a week and a half ago and have dropped
    7lbs and a half inch off bust, waist and hips. I don’t always go over my
    “recommended”water intake but do my best to hit the “base” goal. I don’t really know about the science behind this, and it may be a case of “manifesting reality,” but I will take it.

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  • Kelly

    If you do any of them, drink half your body weight in ounces! It really works, but I also do cardio and weight training and have lost quite a bit of weight.

  • Little_Monster

    Look at the comments on this article, MFP. Look who you’re misleading by regurgitating debunked pop science. This article should have stopped after 2.

  • ILiftHeavyAcrylics

    Non-gimmicky, huh? Just drink green tea and eat chili peppers? *skeptical face*

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  • Landon Horton

    The formula to loose weight is simple. Burn more than you eat. Anything and everything beyond that is personally variable. Focus on being physiologically self-aware, most people are not which is why they look for instruction. Following through with external instruction is a never-ending struggle. Eat healthy for long enough your body will start telling you what is good or not without looking at labels. Cultural marking aimed at increasing profits has resulted in people’s body’s acclimating to telling them lots of sugar, saturated fats, and salts, and so on taste good. Not to me anymore.

  • GGG

    Agree with green tea. It has anti-oxidants, which work against free radicals. Excellent for overall health. As a breast cancer survivor, I’m already sold on it 🙂

  • Colleen Lindsly

    Thank you so much for this article. I have read these basic guidelines before, but its a great refresher article.

  • lori wall

    Remember if you are anemic, DO NOT drink green tea!

  • Dick Tracy

    First three are correct and healthy, the last three are unhealthy and will have long term ill effects, as they overtax your systems negatively merely to force it to repair. Eating before your last meal is digested doesn’t allow you to absorb all the nutrients you could and doesn’t allow for proper rest of you digestive system. Hot spices force your systems to “rev up” to repair the damage they needlessly do, and caffeine is merely an adrenaline rush and causes unneeded heart stress and vessels to constrict and loose their elasticity over time. No shortcuts to good health and long term quality of life