Your metabolic rate accounts for at least 70 percent of the calories you burn every day. We have some quick, smart snacks that can help you drop those unwanted pounds.
Looking for an afternoon snack, but worried about the calories from fat? Try something with a lot of fiber. It will keep you fuller longer. Munch on some fruits and vegetables, like broccoli and apples. Apples also have vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system and ward off diseases.
Blueberries also have weight loss benefits. They promote gut health and make you feel full. Top them on cereal, yogurt or even a salad.
Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that can boost metabolism. So experts suggest spicing up your meals by adding a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to one meal per day.
And searching for the perfect appetizer? Try wine and cheese. Studies have shown that the butyric acid in natural cheese has been linked to reduced hunger levels and increased metabolic rate. While a recent study found that red wine can help people manage obesity by burning fat better.
Experts also say skip the yogurt and head straight for the cottage cheese. It’s high in protein, potassium and calcium, but low in carbs and fat. It is also rich in antioxidants and has the ability to improve digestion and regulate blood sugar.