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Diet. She visited The Early Show

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If the pounds aren't melting away as quickly as they use to, you might need to speed up your metabolism. But what's te best way to get your body to burn fat and calories more quickly?
Cynthia Sss is the nutrition director of Pevention magazine and co-author of the book "Flat Belly Diet." She visited The Early Show with the truth behind the mystery of metabolism:
After the age of 40, we burn 2-5% fewer calories with each decade, and it tends to result in about a one pound weight gain every year for men and women. The good news is there is a lot you can do to fight that.
Metabolism means the number of calories you burn a day, and there are some things you can eat or drink that can boost your calorie burning.
Google the word metabolism and you'll find nearly 45 million results-advice on how to "speed up," "ignite," "kick-start," and "boost" your body's fat burning capacity -- the majority of which are myths.
But simple tweaks to your daily routine can up your calorie burn and compensate for the deficit.
Here's the truth about harnessing your metabolism to keep off unwanted pounds:
True or False? Drinking the right amount of water can help you burn more calories.
True. Different studies have suggested that five or six ice cold glasses of water could help you burn about 10 extra calories a day-equaling about one pound of nearly effortless weight loss each year.
Tip: Although the metabolism-boosting effects are small, it can't hurt to pour no-cal drinks-water, tea, coffee-on the rocks to maximize your body's calorie-burning potential.
True or False? Drinking the right amount of water can help you burn more calories.
True. Different studies have suggested that five or six ice cold glasses of water could help you burn about 10 extra calories a day-equaling about one pound of nearly effortless weight loss each year.
Tip: Although the metabolism-boosting effects are small, it can't hurt to pour no-cal drinks-water, tea, coffee-on the rocks to maximize your body's calorie-burning potential.
True or False? Dieting drops your resting metabolic rate, making it harder to keep weight off.
True. For every pound you lose, your resting metabolism drops by about two to 10 calories a day. Lose 10 pounds, and you now have to eat 20 to 100 fewer calories to maintain your trimmer physique, not factoring in exercise. However, you can prevent your metabolic rate from slipping while you get slim-by maintaining muscle.
Tip: Reduce calories and increase aerobic and resistance exercise.
True or False? Hot foods will fire up metabolism.
True. Capsaicin, the bioactive compound that makes chile peppers exude heat, can turn your metabolism up a notch while also enhancing satiety and reducing hunger. Studies show that eating about one tablespoon of chopped red or green chile pepper-which is equal to 30 mg of capsaicin-resulted in a temporary 23% boost in metabolism.

Tip: Sprinkle red pepper flakes onto pasta dishes and into chilis and stew; fresh chile peppers also work well in salsas and add a fiery flavor to many other dishes.
True or False? Celery is a "negative calorie food" because digesting it uses more calories than it provides.
False. The thermic effect of food does cause your body to burn up calories as it processes meals, snacks, and beverages. But this process accounts for anywhere from 0 to 30% of the calories you eat. A medium-sized rib of celery has only about six calories; its TEF is approximately half a calorie. In reality, "negative calorie foods" are wishful thinking.
Tip: Include celery as a low-cal but filling addition to salads, stir-fries, and soups; you can't depend on it to magically melt away your trouble spots. But it is healthful: Celery has phtalides, compounds that can help reduce blood pressure.
Others:
Your body burns more calories digesting ice-cold beverage
Eating more protein will rev up your metabolism.
Eating a grapefruit before every meal speeds up metabolism
Lifting weights boosts your metabolism more than a cardio workout.
Tea revs up your natural calorie burn.
PMS cravings are related to the boost in metabolism before your period.
If you have limited time, exercise at a higher intensity for a metabolic afterburn.
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