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Rev Up Your Metabolism

Follow these 7 Dos and Don'ts to Boost Your Metabolism:

  1. Don't fall for "fat-burning foods."
  2. Don't fast or skip meals.
  3. Spice up for taste.
  4. Drink water.
  5. Tone up.
  6. Get moving.
  7. Watch those calories.

By Carol Sorgen
WebMD Features

Reviewed by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD

You used to eat anything -- and everything -- and not gain an ounce. Now it seems that just looking at a Krispy Kreme packs on another 10 pounds. You shrug your shoulders and say, "I'm getting older. My metabolism's not what it used to be."

You may be right (like it or not, your metabolism does slow down as you get older), but does that mean you have to live with it? Not necessarily. There are things you can do to rev up your metabolism, say nutrition experts -- just as there are things that won't work at all.

Simply stated, your metabolism is the way your body burns up all of the calories from the food that you eat, says Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, LD, CDN. It's a complex process that includes all of the chemical reactions that take place in your body to keep your organs working and to keep you alive.