Finally, keep your metabolism motor running all night long with a “Spicy Red Icey.” Combine a spicy red wine, like a Rioja or Malbec, with ice chips, and a bit of mint. The wine not only helps you relax, but has the added benefit of boosting metabolism for up to 95 minutes after you enjoy it. And while wine snobs may not approve, adding ice chips to your red wine forces your body to burn calories, as it has to use its own energy to warm the liquid to body temperature. The mint will add an interesting kick, and its scent has been shown to stave off those late-night hunger cravings.
Metabolism Booster #2: Power Pills
Next, turbocharge your metabolism with supplements. Here are three “power pills” that pack a punch.
Fucoxanthin is a compound derived from edible seaweed, and has been shown in studies to burn stubborn belly fat. You can get your fucoxanthin from a nutritional supplement available in health food stores and online called Xanthigen, which combines brown seaweed fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil. Try 200 mg daily to burn away the pounds.
Moving from the sea to the trees, Sacha Inchi is derived from a nut grown in the Andes Mountains and rainforests of Peru. It’s loaded with vitamin E, omega-3s, and anti-inflammatories that attack belly fat. Available online or at health food stores, take 600 mg of Sacha Inchi once a day.
L-arginine, a supplement available online or at drugstores, rounds out the metabolism power pack. Studies showed L-arginine, when combined with exercise, boosted and restored the hormonal balance that promotes lean muscle mass. Take 2000 mg 3 times a day.
Metabolism Booster #3: The Calorie Confusion Plan
Eating specific foods in a certain manner can ignite your metabolic fire. Here’s how this plan works: Simply alternate between high calorie days (2000 calories with a dessert) and low calorie days (1200 calories spread over 4 meals). The days you consume more calories, you drive nutrients into cells, building muscle and revving up metabolism. The next day when you cut calories, you’re turning your body into a prime-time fat-burning furnace.