Boost Your Metabolism After 40

Many women dread turning 40, the age when metabolism begins to slow, causing disarming effects like a bigger belly and steady weight gain in other areas, too. Dr. Oz addresses metabolic slowdown and reveals his top metabolism boosters for under $5.

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Black Pepper

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.


Beans are chockfull 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.

Click here for Ellie Krieger’s roasted tomato and black bean soup served with avocado mango salad and here for a vegan chili recipe from Dr. Oz success story, Rocco.


Ice Water

Here’s a surprise: drinking 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.

Click here to discover other metabolism-boosting foods.