If your get-up-and-go has gone missing this sunny season, try sipping ginger iced tea twice daily. Australian researchers report ginger can boost metabolism by as much as 20%. Credit goes to gingerol in the root, which is study-proven to increase circulation so cells can soak up more energizing oxygen. Plus, antioxidants in the spice switch on genes that burn fat, according to Stanford researchers. To get the benefits, steep a ginger tea bag in hot water for 8 minutes, pour over ice and sweeten with honey to taste.
To melt stubborn pounds, an under-the-radar hero can help: bee pollen! It speeds calorie burn and enhances digestion, thanks to its rich stores of fat-dissolving lecithin and nutrients that inhibit the body’s ability to store fat. In addition, it’s high in phenylalanine, a compound shown to dampen cravings. In fact, studies found that adding bee pollen granules to a glass of lukewarm water and drinking it 20 to 30 minutes before a meal effortlessly decreases food intake by up to 20%. Try: Beekeepers Naturals Bee Pollen (Walmart.com)