Many  years ago, I had a primary physician who said the only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. I heard a doctor on Monday’s Dr. Oz Show say the same thing. Things have not changed. Many seniors continue to see their weight increase as well as their belly fat. In a study at Brigham Young University, middle-aged women followed over a three-year period showed that those who did not put on weight cut back on calories. Researchers said that dietary restraint might be more important than increasing exercise for fighting the middle-aged bulge.

As you might know from previous posts, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Oz and the Dr. Oz Show. He makes my one hour on the treadmill a most enjoyable hour. Here are his suggestions to boost your metabolism for under $5.

  1. Oolong tea:  contains polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. This young tea is low in caffeine so you can drink it throughout the day for continued results, but your metabolism will rise for 2 hours after every cup of Oolong.
  2. Black Pepper: contains the alkaloid piperine, which helps speed up metabolism. Add black pepper to tomato juice for a double metabolism boosting effect—tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect your mitochondria. Reach for the pepper mill when you’d normally use salt; you’ll boost your metabolism and reduce your sodium intake.
  3. Beans: full of soluble fiber to help lower insulin levels so you store less fat and also feel fuller. Eat 2 cups of red, white or black beans to get your recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams.
  4. Ice Water: forces your body to burn calories by bringing your body temperature back to normal. Eight glasses of ice water a day works off 70 calories. Drink ice water before a meal to feel fuller quicker.
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