It happens every time I start a new diet. I soak up all the information I can find about nutrition and exercise. The only difference this time, is that I plan to make it stick! Okay, I've said that the last 10 times too, but this time I mean it!

So I was looking through some old magazines and I found an article about how to burn more calories by eating the right foods versus the wrong foods. Seems easy enough, but I was surprised by a couple of things.

For instance, one study shows that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water increases metabolism by 30%! If you make it really cold water, it boosts the burn even more!

Another researcher found that eating certain healthy fats for breakfast turns on your fat-burning switch early in the day. Some examples are sliced avocado on an English muffin, or peanut butter on toast or a banana.

I love spices of all kind. So I was happy to hear that ginger and cinnamon can raise your body temp, so your metabolism speeds up slighly to cool it down! Sprinkle a little in your coffee, tea, oatmeal, smoothie, just about anywhere!

And no surprise here. Your body uses more calories digesting fresh foods, like whole grains instead of the processed stuff.