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Are We Eating Well?

You did it. You made the infamous New Year's resolution for weight loss, and now you are diligently trying to cut calories and shed pounds. But, the results just aren't happening as fast as you would like.

It's not a new problem, and experts will tell you that weight loss is not just about lowering your calorie intake-it's also about revving up your metabolism so that calories are burned more efficiently.

Need some ideas? Here are a few tips from the experts to help you make the most of your calorie burn.

1. Bring on the heat-the heat found in chile peppers, that is. Also known as the antioxidant capsaicin, the heat in chile peppers has been found to increase the metabolic rate. Researchers note that three-meal-a-day chile pepper regimen won't likely decrease your jeans size that much quicker, but it's one step to the overall weight loss process. Plus, it has also been found to stimulate the brain in such a way that a person feels satisfied.

2. Eat smaller meals more often. Eating actually helps increase metabolic activity because the body is actively processing food, so frequency helps. Just make sure that your overall intake doesn't increase substantially.

3. Exercise. Yes, you've heard it 100 times that effective weight loss occurs when eating right is combined with regular exercise as part of a daily lifestyle. And exercise is a key ingredient to boosting metabolism because muscle burns calories much faster than fat. So, incorporate activity that gets the heart-rate moving and the muscles burning.

4. Be consistent. Maintain a healthy eating lifestyle with regular exercise. Crash diets only deplete your body of nutrients and ultimately work against your metabolism rate.

Office Location: 2000 Medical Parkway | Suite 605 | Annapolis, MD 21401 | Phone: 410-266-5667

Dr. Emily Ulmer at LiveLyte Medical Weight Management offers a proven method of rapid weight loss, backed by years of bariatric medical research and success. The LiveLyte Program offers New Direction prescription meal replacements in conjunction with medical monitoring. On our staff, we have a lifestyle specialist, dietitian, and exercise specialist that will help you make and keep the lifestyle changes and ensure you maintain your weight loss for a lifetime.