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50 Simple Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Reader's Digest Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen,Claire Gillespie of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 51: Warning: Fad diets can mess with your metabolism and actually make you gain more weight in the long run. 'When you cut out vital nutrients from your diet, you drastically slow down your metabolism,' explains Rebecca Lee. 'While fasting in itself is not bad, and may actually be recommended by some doctors, it becomes harmful when it's done for extended periods of time. With fad diets, especially juice cleanses or detox diets, you are actually losing only water weight and not fat. Once you complete your diet and start eating normal foods again, you will gain back everything you lost due to a slower metabolism, if not more.'

Your metabolism is like compound interest: The more you invest, the bigger your reward—in the form of effortless calorie burn. These little tricks provide a big payoff. Click through the slide show above to learn more.

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