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Boost your metabolism

health-and-fitness Updated: May 04, 2011 00:42 IST

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1 Eat more frequently: Eating 5-6 small meals a day as opposed to “three squares” helps the metabolism to work constantly.

2 Avoid simple sugars: Too much sugar in your diet can wreak havoc on your metabolism by spiking your insulin response and promoting the accumulation of body fat. Immediately after exercise, however, is an ideal time to ingest simple sugars; otherwise, steer clear.

3 Increase the fibre intake: Fibre, both soluble and insoluble, is good for health and helps decrease body fat. Adults should consume 35-40 grams of fibre per day, with about one-third coming from insoluble fibrous sources.

4 Salad helps: Those who eat salad before dinner tend to consume less calories overall during dinner. Also since muscle-building is the fastest route to slim down, make sure your protein consumption is enough to keep up with your weight training.

5 Go nuts: Eat a handful of almonds everyday as they also play a role in losing weight and slimming the waistline.

HTC (With inputs from Raj Makhija, Smart Nutrition)