Jan. 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM ET
1. Start Your Day off With This Fat-Burning Mocha Madness
In a blender, mix ½ cup of cold water (you can add more or less water depending on the consistency you prefer).
Add 2 scoops of nutrient-rich chocolate-flavored protein powder.
Add 1 tsp of granulated instant coffee.
Gradually add 5 ice cubes to thicken.
Blend on high for one minute (in a pinch, this shake can also be made by simply mixing ingredients together in a glass with a spoon).
Drink yourself skinny!
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2. Munch On This Metabolism-Boosting Snack
A small handful of pistachios. They’re loaded with protein and monounsaturated fatty acids to help burn fat, and add a few dried apricots for fiber and some sweetness.
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3. Burn Up Fat With White Bean Extract
White bean extract blocks starch and prevents carbs from being absorbed in the body. Studies show if you absorb fewer calories, you’ll lose fat and your metabolism will speed up. Take one tablet each day before a meal. Purchase vials of 120 tablets online for about $20.
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4. Try An L-Arginine Supplement
L-Arginine is an amino acid that helps build muscles and revs metabolism. Take one capsule daily. You can buy 100-capsule bottles for about $10 at drug stores.
5. Pump Up Your Metabolism With Pickled Peppers
These inexpensive treats pack a double punch at boosting your metabolism. First, the acid in the vinegar helps prevent fat storage in the body. Second, peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that makes them hot and also helps your body burn more energy. Eat pickled peppers in the morning—try mixing them into scrambled eggs—and they’ll provide a metabolism surge to carry you through the day.
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6. Blast More Calories With Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea contains the polyphenol EGCG, a thermogenic component believed to boost metabolism. Unlike other varieties of green tea, where you steep and disgard the leaves, matcha tea is ground into a powder that completely dissolves in water. When you drink it, you ingest the tea leaves and all of their healthful nutrients. It has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy matcha green tea cold—cold beverages require your body to work harder, burning more calories. For a metabolic boost, aim for 3 cups a day.
7. Eat This Fat-Burning Breakfast Combo
Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which improves protein digestion and absorption, which is key to boosting metabolism and burning fat. For a super-healthy metabolism-boosting duo, pair a quarter cup of papaya with a hardboiled egg for breakfast.
8. Curb Appetite And Rev Up Your Calorie Burn With Korean Hot Sauce
Go chu jang is a Korean chili paste, which, like other products made from chili peppers, contains capsaicin. This compound, which is what makes chili peppers hot, is known to boost metabolism, has been reported to increase thermogenesis, or the production of heat by the cells of the body, and can help curb the appetite during meals. Use it as a dipping sauce; have 1 tablespoon with grilled chicken or vegetables for a satisfying kick.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.