If keeping your girlish figure has becoming somewhat of a challenge over the years, there's a good reason. "The metabolism slows during your 30s, so you need to be a little more careful about the quality and quantity of food you eat," says Julie Upton, MS, RD, co-founder of Appetite for Health. "At the same time, the 30s are typically the years when family and career demands are high, which means less hours for exercise and eating right." But don't toss out those skinny jeans just yet. Here are 30 proven wellness strategies that can help boost your metabolism, burn calories, and shed those extra where-did-they-come-from pounds.More
While artificial sweeteners contain little — if any — calories, some evidence has found that it can actually increase hunger, ultimately leading to excess food intake. Also, a study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism further concluded that the sugar substitute aspartame blocks a gut enzyme (intestinal alkaline phosphatase, commonly referred to as IAP) that can prevent obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, making the use of this sweetener counterproductive.
Consuming one serving a day of foods from the dried seed members of the legume family–such as beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils—can lead to long-term weight loss, according to researchers at St. Michaels Hospital in Canada. After examining data from 21 clinical trials involving 940 adults, the authors—who had previously discovered that these high-protein, high-fiber foods increased the feeling of fullness by 31 percent— found that the men and women dropped about 1 pound over six weeks simply by adding a single serving of pulses to their eating regime.