How to Tweak Your Diet for a Better Metabolism, According to Nutritionists

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First, we'll get the bad news over with: Few, if any, foods will actually boost your metabolism. According to Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, and nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition, caffeine and cayenne pepper may have a slight boosting effect, "but more importantly (for caffeine), it can propel you to feel energized enough to exercise, which will actually have a significant effect on metabolism." However, if you're suspect that your metabolism is slowing down (sure signs include weight gain, lethargy, craving sweets, and headaches), Ilana Muhlstein, RD, says that having a slow metabolism also means you will likely feel fuller and energized from fewer calories and should therefore focus on filling and satisfying low-calorie foods. Below, Muhlstein shares her picks for hunger-curbing whole foods that will be beneficial in the long run. 

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