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Last posting we went over three tips to controlling your weight. We talked about spicing up your eggs with Cayenne, eating fiber early in the day, and eating nuts. Now I want to share with you 3 more wonderful tips to staying healthy and controlling your weight.

4. Drink coffee instead of soft drinks. Coffee (caffeinated and decaffeinated) is a rich source of antioxidants, and Americans consume more of it than any other antioxidant-rich food. Coffee is much lower in calories (if you don’t add a lot of sugar and/or creamer) than sugary soft drinks.  Here is a bonus, caffeine stimulates the release of norepinephrine, a hormone that suppresses appetite and promotes calorie burning by increasing heart rate and metabolism. Green tea also is  a rich source of antioxidants and caffeine.

5. Supplement with 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). Related to the amino acid tryptphan and sold as a weight-loss supplement, 5HTP increases brain levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls appetite. In one study, people taking 5-HTP for six weeks lost an average of 12 pounds, compared with only four pounds in a control group. Recommended dose: 300mg (5-HTP has mood-enhancing benefits.

6. Turn up the thermostat. One reason that people tend to eat more during the cold months is that cold temperatures stimulate appetite. Also, people with naturally low body temperatures tend to have a slower metabolism and are more prone to weight gain. Staying warm may be a natural form of appetite control, particularly if you increase body temperature with exercise. Every one degree increase in body temperature increases metabolism by 14%

Tune in next time to receive the rest of the tips. If you would like to get a head start for the New Year, give us a call. Take advantage of our FREE Fresh Start Appointment. 916-503-3255, call today, start tomorrow, for a change that lasts a lifetime!

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