Do you tend to stay away from spicy foods? According to dietician Julie Upton, MS, RD of Appetite For Health, it's high time to turn up the heat! Adding some spice to your meals "can help suppress your appetite and give a modest boost to your metabolism." But there's no need to enjoy a shot of hot sauce straight up. Order your curry a little spicier than usual, or add just a few drops of hot sauce to your morning eggs, bowl of soup, or a favorite dip like hummus or guacamole.
And beyond your body's fat-burning potential, there are other healthy bonuses to reap from this spicy tip; capsaicin, the compound in chilies that give them their metabolism-boosting kick, also helps your brain release endorphins and curb cravings.