Have you lowered your cholesterol through lifestyle changes?

I chew my food more, added probiotics and some supplements (CQ10, folic+Vit B complex, Calcium+Magnesium+Zinc) and always avoided sugar (but still eats 3 bites of chocolates every other day. I breath more, watch my body for any signs of distress (skin issues, pains, lack of sleep, mouth health, sleep quality, urine color, others). I have lemons/citrus and herbs (essential oils – tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon grass for gums, skin and other uses).

I avoided pork and bacon and other processed foods and concentrated on whole foods, fish. I shop at farmer’s market, Trader’s joes and Whole Foods Store.

I spend 30min a day at NC.Fit in the bay area for my cross-fit training with a coach (group of 2 or 4 others). I garden during summer with my mom.

I try to have a good sleep, get sunshine, get a foot massage (body included) in the bay area and maintained a non-stressful work environment (although I work 2 jobs and still creating the next best thing in health concierge site with genetic tests, personalized diet, electronic appoint scheduling with docs and more at Coming Soon ).

I dance twice a month. I am happy in knowing that my effort in ensuring the health of my 80 yr old and finances of 5 college students (3 nieces in the Philippines and 2 children in the bay area) are not in vain and it keeps me going every day and face the world with energy and enthusiasm. And that I can share what I know about health in my blog www.clubalthea.com

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Power salmon,onions,avocado and eggs for breakfast

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Ingredients: smoked salmon (Costco), avocado, hormone-free eggs,sea salt, hot pepper mix (Japan), onions, jack-pepper cheese

Note: You may add garlic, spinach or other ingredients

Cooking Instruction

  1. Sautee onions separately
  2. In warm pot (I used iron-based pot), spread the scrambled eggs (pinch of seasalt) in low heat
  3. Add the remaining ingredients

Serve with love and a hug for early morning energy.

Healing power of Thai Curry

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Ingredients:

Ginger, lemon grass, onions, Thai/Vietnamese Basil leaves, onions, garlic, coconut milk, mushrooms, green bell peppers, and other ingredients in the Thai curry mix paste, sea salt,other herbs of your choice

Note: All of the above ingredients can effect positive detox and healing to the body since most of them are rich in anti-oxidants and sulfur-based for cleansing the circulatory system and body.  You may add cooked fish or hard tofu in the mixture.

Cooking instruction

  1. Slice all ingredients in similar shape, easy to chew and appealing to the senses.
  2. Heat the olive oil in the cooking pot (stainless steel preferred).
  3. Sautee garlic, onions and the rest of the ingredients
  4. Add the coconut milk (add one fourth water or less) and set to boil with added curry paste. I used the red thai curry paste.

Serve with love and warm rice.

Eggplant

Eggplant has a compound that can exacerbate arthritis pain. It is rich in iron and copper (nutrients group 2), antagonists of calcium and zinc (nutrients group 1).  Calcium, magnesium, Vit B6, zinc and Vit D are important for cell growth.

So in eating a little of everything (nutrients 1 and 2), fish and veggies, we can balance what the body needs. Older adults need more calcium than iron/copper since excess copper can lead to mental health issues.

There are pain relieving foods, they are yellow in color (ginger and turmeric).  All these nutrients work better with Vit C and E.

Between processed foods and whole foods, I choose whole foods.

Eggplants Are Packed with Antioxidants

Eggplants contain fiber, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K, and potassium, but their brightly colored skin is a sign that they’re also rich in antioxidants. Anthocyanins are one type of phytonutrient that are responsible for that dark-purple color.

One variety, nasunin, has been found to have potent antioxidant and free-radical scavenging abilities. It’s also known to protect the fats in your brain cell membranes,3 and it has iron-chelating abilities, which is beneficial if you suffer fromiron overload.

The predominant antioxidant in eggplants is chlorogenic acid, which also has anti-cancer, antimicrobial, and anti-viral properties. Chlorogenic acid is also one of the most potent free-radical scavengers found in plants. One variety of eggplant in particular, known as Black Magic, has been shown to have nearly three times the antioxidants as other varieties.4

In addition, nasunin and other phytonutrients in eggplant, including terpenes, are thought to be beneficial for heart health. Animal studies show that eggplant juice has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and also relaxes blood vessels for improved blood flow.5

Eggplant Extract May Kill Cancer Cells

A cream containing eggplant extract, known as BEC and BEC5, appears to cure and eliminate most non-melanoma skin cancers in several weeks’ time. There are reports that extracts of plants from the Solanaceae family of vegetables are effective for treating cancer dating back nearly 200 years to 1825, according to natural health pioneer Dr. Jonathan Wright.

However, it wasn’t until much later, after the 1950s, that they were formally studied. The leading researcher in this area today is Dr. Bill E. Cham, who reported as early as 1991 in Cancer Letters that:6

“A cream formulation containing high concentrations (10%) of a standard mixture of solasodine glycosides (BEC) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of malignant and benign human skin tumors.”

One of Dr. Cham’s more recent studies was published in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine.7 The paper includes two impressive case reports of 60-something men who were suffering from large basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which had plagued them for years. The results upon treatment with a cream formulation of BEC (eggplant extract) twice a day are astounding:

    • In the first case, treatment with the eggplant-extract cream resulted in rapid break down of the tumor. After two weeks, the lesion was reduced to about half its original size, and after 14 weeks the cancer was clinically eliminated with no scar tissue formation. Even the hairs had regrown where the tumor was originally.
    • In the second case, after six weeks of treatment with eggplant-extract cream, the large skin cancer lesion appeared “cleaner” and some of the cancerous tissue had been replaced with normal tissue.

In another three weeks, the lesion was much smaller and more normal tissue was apparent. After a total of 14 weeks, the lesion was completely eliminated with no scar tissue present.

Unfortunately, simply eating eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, or similar veggies, while beneficial for many reasons, will not induce this same effect because the active components are not able to effectively penetrate your cells. This requires the addition of glycosides, molecules with various simple sugars attached to them that can latch on to receptors found on skin cancer cells.

That being said, eggplant compounds have also been found to have anti-proliferative activities against human colon and liver cancer cells.8 The fact that eggplant has anti-cancer effects is one more testament to the benefits of eating a wide variety of natural foods.

How to Choose and Prepare Eggplant

For best flavor, choose eggplants that are glossy in color, firm, and heavy for their size. The stem should be bright green, and if you push on the flesh with your thumb, it should bounce back. A lasting indentation is a sign that the eggplant may be overripe. Overripe eggplants tend to be more bitter in flavor, as do those that are stored too long.

You can store an uncut eggplant in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer (in a plastic bag), but they are quite perishable. Ideally, look for eggplants that are locally grown and use them as soon as possible after harvest.

One of the allures of eggplants is their versatility. They can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled, mashed, pureed, diced, and sliced. Although it’s not a requirement, many people “sweat” their eggplant prior to using it in recipes to help draw out some moisture, tenderize the flesh and reduce any bitterness. To do so, the George Mateljan Foundation recommends:9

To tenderize the flesh’s texture and reduce some of its naturally occurring bitter taste, you can sweat the eggplant by salting it. After cutting the eggplant into the desired size and shape, sprinkle it with salt and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes.

This process will pull out some of its water content and make it less permeable to absorbing any oil used in cooking. Rinsing the eggplant after ‘sweating’ will remove most of the salt.”

Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipe

Eggplant is a perfect addition to soups, stews, casseroles, and side dishes, and it’s often used as a replacement for meat in those following a vegetarian or vegan diet. But it’s also quite tasty on its own. To savor the unique flavor and texture of eggplant, all you need is a bit of healthy oil, salt and pepper. The grilled eggplant recipe below, from the Rodale Recipe Index, is one well worth keeping:

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggplants (1 lb each), with peel, cut lengthwise into 1″ thick slices
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Layer several paper towels on baking sheet. Place half of eggplant on top in single layer. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and cover with paper towels. Arrange second layer of eggplant, sprinkle with remaining salt, and cover with paper towels.
  2. Let eggplant stand 30 minutes, then rinse each piece and blot dry. (This helps extract excess water, reducing bitterness and preventing eggplant from absorbing excess oil during cooking.)
  3. Brush both sides of an eggplant slice with oil to coat and transfer to large bowl. Repeat with remaining oil and eggplant slices. Season with pepper.
  4. Heat grill to medium. Grill eggplant, with cover closed, 16 to 20 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned and tender. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container for a day or two.

More eggplant recipes from Dr Axe:


 1. Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant

Crispy eggplant sans frying is possible. Grounded almonds are used in place of traditional breadcrumbs to coat eggplant slices and then are baked to achieve ultimate crunch. Serve with marinara sauce, in a sandwich, or with a salad.

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant
Photo: Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant / Jessica in the Kitchen

2. Baba Ganoush

One of my favorite eggplant recipes, this Middle Eastern staple is perfect for dipping crackers, veggies, or spreading on a sandwich. Broiling the skins adds a smoky flavor to the dip — I recommend you make a double batch. You’ll want it!

Baba Ganoush
Photo: Baba Ganoush / Inspired Taste

3. Balsamic Roasted Eggplant

This delightfully simple healthy recipe is full of flavor thanks to Dijon mustard, garlic, fresh thyme, and, of course, balsamic. Try adding other veggies like zucchini, onions, or carrots for a hearty side dish.

Balsamic Roasted Eggplant
Photo: Balsamic Roasted Eggplant / iheartyum

4. Beef and Eggplant Casserole

Reminiscent of lasagna, this beef and eggplant casserole is the type of dish that’s excellent on a cold night when you need something cozy for dinner.

Ground beef is cooked with garlic and marinara sauce and then layered atop fresh eggplant slices and Parmesan cheese. The result is a crisp oven-baked casserole that’s carb-free and delicious. Top with fresh basil.

Beef and Eggplant Casserole
Photo: Beef and Eggplant Casserole / Not Enough Cinnamon

5. Cashew-Less Vegan Queso

Former cheese-loving vegans, get excited: this dip tastes super similar to traditional queso dips except it has no cashews, soy, dairy, or gluten. But thanks to roasted eggplant as its base, this dip does have lots of creamy, spicy goodness. Top it with smoked paprika for extra color.

Cashew-Less Vegan Queso
Photo: Cashew-Less Vegan Queso / Minimalist Baker

6. Chicken Eggplant Lasagna

Skip the gluten, carbs, and calories normally found in lasagna and add in tons of taste with this dinner. Eggplant slices stand in for noodles while a mix of meaty mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers take the place of ricotta. The result is a guilt-free lasagna everyone will enjoy. Hint: Omit the chicken to keep this vegetarian-friendly.

Chicken Eggplant Lasagna
Photo: Chicken Eggplant Lasagna / Plentytude

7. Chinese Eggplant With Spicy Garlic Sauce

Homemade Sichuan-style eggplant is the perfect antidote to greasy takeout Chinese food. It’s also crazy quick to whip up, great for busy weeknights. Serve it with a side of brown rice, veggies, or even eat it solo (but make sure to use coconut oil!). You won’t regret it.

Chinese Eggplant With Spicy Garlic Sauce
Photo: Chinese Eggplant With Spicy Garlic Sauce / Steamy Kitchen

8. Crisp Eggplant Chips

Put down the bag of store-bought chips and snack on these instead. Eggplant slices are slow-roasted in smoky seasonings for a perfectly crisp chip. And because an entire eggplant is just 150 calories, you can snack on these and feel great about it!

Crisp Eggplant Chips in bowl
Photo: Crisp Eggplant Chips / Healthful Pursuit

9. Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Hash

Forget potatoes and swap in eggplant in this breakfast hash. Drying the eggplant before cooking will let help it reach ultimate crispiness. Try this for a weekend brunch or on breakfast-for-dinner night!

Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Hash
Photo: Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Hash / Baker By Nature

10. Cumin Rice With Eggplant and Peas

Brown rice is baked with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes in this easy main dish. Because of spices like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, it’s packed with flavor. Sneak in more veggies or swap in your favorites..


11. Eggplant and Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Think you can’t get a good stuffing without bread? Think again. Eggplant and your favorite mushrooms absorb the goodness of the other ingredients — think grass-fed butter, bacon (opt for beef!), and turkey juices — while keeping their own shape. Try this once and you won’t look back at your usual stuffing again.


12. Eggplant Benedict

 Make a restaurant favorite at home — and keep it low-carb and gluten-free — with this Benedict recipe. Eggplant slices stand in for English muffins in this impressive breakfast. Use turkey or beef bacon and, to make this extra special, serve with asparagus on top or on the side.

Eggplant Benedict
Photo: Eggplant Benedict / All Day I Dream About Food

13. Eggplant Bruschetta

Need an easy appetizer? I love the idea of using eggplant slices in place of bread for a fresh bruschetta that comes together right on the grill during warm months — broil when it’s too cold out!


14. Eggplant Gratin With Tomato, Herbs and Crème Fraiche

With such few ingredients required to make this gratin, sticking to fresh herbs will turn this main into a show-stopping meal. Pair this with a side salad for a warm, filling meal.

Eggplant Gratin With Tomato, Herbs and Crème Fraiche
Photo: Eggplant Gratin With Tomato, Herbs and Crème Fraiche / The Iron You

15. Eggplant Hole in the Head

In this non-traditional take on the classic “hole in the head” breakfast, eggplant stands in for bread, with eggs cooking right in the center. It’s easy to make and fun to eat!


16. Eggplant Jam

Eggplant jam?! It sounds crazy, but it tastes amazing on everything from grilled meats to grilled bread. Harissa keeps things spicy, but sub in hot sauce if you don’t have this Mediterranean condiment. Try it out at your next cookout!


17. Eggplant Parmesan With Fresh Mozzarella

Eggplant Parmesan sounds like a healthier alternative to the chicken version but after dredging and frying eggplant slices, it’s easy to load up on calories, too. This baked version is good for you and easy too: eggplant “boats” serve as the base while the other delicious ingredients gets stuffed right into them — no slicing or dicing here. Opt for gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond meal.

Eggplant Parmesan With Fresh Mozzarella
Photo: Eggplant Parmesan With Fresh Mozzarella / She’s Cookin’

18. Eggplant Vegetable Soup

Eggplant plays well with other vegetables in this easy soup. Because the soup gets blended at the end, mix and match other veggie favorites to tweak the taste — celery would be a nice addition.

Eggplant Vegetable Soup
Photo: Eggplant Vegetable Soup / Maria Ushakova

19. Eggplant-Wrapped Goat Cheese

Bite into creamy goat cheese and buttery eggplant when you make this amazing side dish or snack. Raisins add a hint of sweetness while basil adds fresh flavor — and a hint of green!

Eggplant-Wrapped Goat Cheese appetizer
Photo: Eggplant Wrapped Goat Cheese / Dr. Axe

20. Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers

Grilled, meaty eggplants make a wonderful substitution for traditional beef burgers. Topped with halloumi cheese and pesto, this is a veggie burger even carnivores will love.

Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers
Photo: Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers / Veggie Belly

21. Grilled Eggplant With Mozzarella

Eggplant and mozzarella are a natural fit and there’s no better way to munch on them together than in this side dish/appetizer. Eggplant slices are grilled and then stacked with mozz, tomatoes, and basil. Use a grill pan to get those great grill marks if it’s too cold outside!

Grilled Eggplant With Mozzarella and Basil
Photo: Grilled Eggplant With Mozzarella / Dr. Axe

22. Grilled Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant

This caramelized Japanese-style eggplant is melt-in-your-mouth good. Grilling gives it a smoky flavor, but the stovetop works in a crunch, too. Use coconut sugar in place of regular and don’t forget to top with scallions at the end!

Grilled Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant
Photo: Grilled Miso-Glazed Japanese Eggplant / Recipe Tin Eats

23. Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizza

Who needs pizza crust when you have eggplant? Slather your favorite ‘za toppings (don’t skimp on the fresh basil!) onto eggplant slices, bake, and enjoy. Pizza night has never been this easy.


24. Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad With Feta and Parsley

Get your Mediterranean fix with this loaded salad. Bursting with chickpeas, garlic, and cheese, it’s healthy and tastes delicious to boot. And did I mention it’s really simple to make, too?


25. Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries

You’ll be eating your burgers with a side of yum after making these eggplant fries. Almond meal helps the fries crisp as they bake, while maple syrup, sea salt, and paprika infuse flavor. Bye bye, potato fries!

Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries
Photo: Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries / Veggies Don’t Bite

26. Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Eggplant

If you’re tired of eating quinoa the same way, this should perk up your taste buds. Quinoa, which is loaded with protein and fiber, gets stuffed into eggplant, along with veggies, flaxseed, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. You’ll love this meatless main dish.

Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Eggplant
Photo: Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Eggplant / Lemons and Basil

27. Roasted Eggplant Pesto Sandwich

Biting into a hearty vegetarian sandwich can be difficult sometimes. That’s not the case with this one. Oven-baked eggplants slices are topped with avocado, cheese, and a kale-based pesto. Throw it all on a sprouted grain hamburger bun and you’ve got yourself one amazing sandwich.


28. Roasted Eggplant, Raisin, Pine Nut, and Quinoa Pilaf

If your idea of pilaf is of the boxed rice variety, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This version is quinoa based and brimming with juicy raisins, crunchy pine nuts, and roasted eggplant. It’s a fine side dish, but serve with a side salad and it’s a great vegan main, too.


29. Roasted Eggplant With Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta

This is one of those tasty eggplant recipes that is comfort food at its best: good for your body and your mind. It’s also perfect for beginners in the kitchen: it’s ready in just a few steps. This delicious stir fry-esque meal will become a new family favorite.

Roasted Eggplant With Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta
Photo: Roasted Eggplant With Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta / Julia’s Album

30. Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Do the words “pasta salad” conjure up images of limp, mayonnaise-slathered pasta? Think again. This wholesome pasta dressing is made with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice and loaded with veggies. Crumbled feta adds saltiness and fresh basil ties it all together. Use brown rice or gluten-free pasta and inhale.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
Photo: Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad / Cookin’ Canuck

31. Slow-Roasted Ratatouille

Not only an animated movie, ratatouille is also one of the most classic eggplant-based dishes. It’s a standout meal brimming with fresh veggies — hit the farmer’s market for this one.

Because it takes several hours to roast in the oven (and tastes even better the second day!), I recommend you make this during the weekend and then enjoy on a hectic weeknight.

Slow-Roasted Ratatouille
Photo: Slow-Roasted Ratatouille / Feeling Foodish

32. Spicy Asian Eggplant and Quinoa

When you’ve got a hankering for Chinese fried rice, this spicy eggplant and quinoa will hit the spot — and has more nutritional value. Plus, like most stir fry dishes, the veggie ingredients are entirely customizable based on what’s on hand.

Spicy Asian Eggplant and Quinoa
Photo: Spicy Asian Eggplant and Quinoa / Julia’s Album

33. Sweet and Smoky Eggplant Spread

This “poor man’s caviar” is a smooth spread that can be eaten as either an appetizer or a side dish. Try it on crackers, as a sandwich spread, or with your scrambled eggs. Yum!


34. Sweet Potato and Eggplant Burger

Who says a veggie burger has to be second class? This veggie patty, made from potassium-packed sweet potatoes and eggplants, isn’t just a meat substitute — it’s a great burger in its own right. Try it with a side of baked French fries for a healthy happy meal.


35. Thai Basil Eggplant

Pretend you’re in Bangkok while indulging in this dish. It’s full of Thai flavor goodness, but it uses common Asian-cooking ingredients like hoisin and soy sauces. Sub tempeh in for tofu and arrowroot powder for cornstarch and keep this quick dish healthy and tasting good.

Thai Basil Eggplant
Photo: Thai Basil Eggplant / Vegetarian Gastronomy

36. The Best Vegan BLT

You can be a vegan and get your bacon, too. Smoky eggplant “bacon” meets lettuce, tomatoes, and cashew mayo for the ultimate veggie BLT. Use sprouted grain bread and almond milk for the cashew mayo. This is one sandwich you’ll want to make again and again!

The Best Vegan BLT
Photo: The Best Vegan BLT / Oh My Veggies

37. Turkish Eggplant Casserole

Get your healthy fats in with this eggplant- olive oil- and tomato-based dish. With just a few ingredients like diced tomatoes and fresh parsley, you’ll have a restaurant-worthy meal. Save yourself a slice!

Turkish Eggplant Casserole
Photo: Turkish Eggplant Casserole / Feed Me Phoebe

38. Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

One of the eggplant recipes you should definitely try tonight: Meatballs!

Combine eggplant, white beans, and gluten-free crumbs which all lend an unbelievable texture to these vegan meatballs. Enjoy them over brown rice pasta, in a sandwich, or, as suggested, with zoodles (zucchini noodles). No matter what vehicle you use, you’ll love these meatballs!

Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
Photo: Vegan Eggplant Meatballs / skinnytaste.com

 

51 fastest fat burner by Kate Ashford

IN THE GYM

1. Catch the running bug. You’ll continue to burn fat after your jog: People who run for at least four hours a week melt more calories than non-runners, even when they’re not running, a Yale University School of Medicine study reports.
2. Crank it up early. Working out harder during the first half of your workout and taking it easier during the second burns up to 23 percent more fat than doing the opposite, according to a study from The College of New Jersey.
3 & 4. Go hard — and make it quick. Staying at 80 percent of your max heart rate for 40 minutes can amp your metabolism for 19 hours afterward, research published in Obesity notes. And doing a shorter workout at 75 percent of your max aerobic capacity will give you a greater metabolic boost than sweating longer at 50 percent, a Colorado State University reveals.
5 to 7. Lift dumbbells … slowly. More muscle equals mega metabolism boost. Strength training can help you trim major fat, research reveals — and doing super-slow (versus normal speed) reps increases strength by 50 percent.
Plus, using dumbbells activates more muscle fibers than using machines, explains Gregory Haff, Ph.D., an associate professor in the exercise physiology department at West Virginia University.
8. Speed up, slow down. Alternating bouts of high-intensity and low-intensity cardio has been shown to torch pounds.
9. Put on weight (literally). Wearing a weighted vest (about 10 percent of your body weight) while walking can boost your calorie burn by 8 percent.
10. Download Rihanna, not Brahms. Listening to up-tempo songs actually makes you run faster and harder than listening to slower-paced music, British scientists say.
11. Let kettlebells ring. Not only does working out with kettlebells build muscle, but doing it for 20 minutes burns as many calories as running at a 6-minute-mile pace for the same amount of time.

Get gorgeous arms

12. Keep it up. As few as 80 minutes a week of aerobic or weight training helps keep you from regaining belly fat after losing weight, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
13. Add poles. Use Nordic poles while you walk, and you’ll burn 20 percent more calories, says research from The Cooper Institute in Dallas.
14 & 15. Lift first, nix the rest. Doing strength training before cardio can torch more fat than cardio alone. And if you do one move after another without pausing, “you’ll see more gains in strength and muscle mass,” says Dr. Pierre Manfroy, M.D., consultant for the book “100 Ways to Supercharge Your Metabolism.”
16. Add pounds. Lift heavier weights for fewer reps to make your workout more intense — and burn more fat — Manfroy says.
17. Try aromatherapy. Exercisers who inhaled strawberry and buttered-popcorn scents torched more calories than those who sniffed neutral odors, according to research from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

18. Box yourself in. Wii boxing knocks out nearly twice as many calories as some other games, like Wii golf.
19. Kick it. Playing soccer not only torches more fat and builds more muscle than jogging, but it feels less tiring, Danish research reveals.
20. Stay in shape. Fit people have more fat-burning metabolites in their blood than couch potatoes do, scientists say.

IN THE KITCHEN

22. Get more protein. Eating a protein-packed breakfast and lunch helps you burn more post-meal fat than if you eat lower-protein meals, according to Australian research.
23 & 24. Guzzle green tea — or coffee. Downing five 5-ounce cups of green tea a day boosts metabolism, says Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., author of “Fire Up Your Metabolism.” Two cups of coffee will also do the trick, one study shows.

25. Have an omelet. Eating two eggs for breakfast while dieting will help you trim more weight and body fat than if you ate the same amount of calories noshing on a bagel, scientists say.
26. Stay above 1,200 calories... “The average person’s body goes into starvation mode if she eats fewer than 1,200 calories a day,” says Eric Berg, author of “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning.” “That’s stress, and stress creates more belly fat.”
27. … and cut calories gradually. If you diet, don’t trim more than 250 calories a day. Cutting calories too quickly slows your metabolism down, Dr. Manfroy says.
28 to 33. Munch on these. Almonds, cherries, yogurt, grapefruit, whole grains, and spicy foods have all been shown to torch fat.
Health.com: 7 foods that fight fat
34. Fuel up right. Eating a low-glycemic-index breakfast (such as muesli and peaches) will help you burn more fat during a subsequent workout than eating a high-glycemic-index meal (like waffles), researchers from the University of Nottingham reveal.
35. Think before you drink. Sipping as few as 90 calories’ worth of vodka can slow your metabolism by 73 percent, one study shows.
36. Graze. Women who go without eating for long periods are more likely to have higher body-fat percentages than women who nosh more regularly, one study notes.
37. Dine like a Greek. Eating a diet rich in monounsaturated fat (think olive oil, avocados) can help trim both weight and fat, research published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows.
38. Stop gorging. Your body can only handle so much food at a time, so stick to 600 calories or less per meal to maximize fat-burning, says Leslie Cooper, co-author of “Flip the Switch: Proven Strategies to Fuel Your Metabolism and Burn Fat 24 Hours a Day.”
39. Skip juice, soda and sugar. Reaching for an apple instead of apple juice is not only better calorie-wise, but it’ll also do a better job of boosting your metabolism, Dr. Manfroy explains.

IN YOUR LIFE

41 & 42. Get C and D. Vitamin C can help you burn more fat, and D may help you lose fat, research notes. Aim for 400 to 500 mg of C and 800 mg of D a day.
43 & 44. Walk more (in denim). Researchers found that fitness-friendly offices (think treadmill desks, mobile headsets) helped people trim pounds and fat, as did wearing jeans to work, since dressing casual encourages you to move more. Wear comfy clothes when you can, pace while on the phone, and stand while chatting with co-workers.
45. Add fish oil (And work out). Taking 6 grams of fish oil per day and hitting the gym three times a week can help nix body fat, an Australian study reveals.
46. Work the day shift. Keeping nontraditional hours lowers levels of hormones that trigger satiety, increases blood glucose and insulin levels, and raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which can drive you to eat more), scientists say.
47. Nix the boob tube. Cut your TV time in half, and you’ll burn more calories each day, research from the University of Vermont suggests.

48. Go mental. People who visualized themselves training a specific muscle boosted the strength in that muscle group, researchers found.
49. Eat a smaller dinner. Your body may not digest food — and burn fat — as efficiently if you down a huge meal right before bedtime, especially because your metabolism is slower while you sleep, Dr. Manfroy says.
50. Jump-start your morning. Wake up your metabolism — and get fat-burning started — by doing some sort of exercise within the first few hours of being awake, Cooper suggests.
51. Get your snooze on. Sleep for a solid 81D 2 hours instead of 51D 2, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and you’ll lose more fat. Sweet dreams!