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10 Tips To Start Boosting Your Metabolism Today

10/02/2015 05:20 EDT | Updated 10/02/2015 05:59 EDT

When people have a hard time losing weight, you'll often hear them blame their "slow metabolism." Fortunately, there are many things you can do to naturally speed up this process.

In the infographic below by nutrition science site Diagnosis: Diet, we learn 10 tricks that can help you improve your metabolism and your overall health. From eating whole foods to skipping dried fruit and cutting back on dairy, Doctor Georgie Ede says the way our bodies react to insulin is an indicator of our metabolism health.

Metabolism is the process in which your body converts the foods you eat into energy. But it's not just the energy you need to expend to keep walking, talking and eating all day — this energy is also used to circulate blood, grow and repair cells, adjust hormone levels and even keep you breathing.

Depending on your age, gender, body size and composition, the speed at which your body converts these calories into energy can be fast or slow. Check out the slideshow below for tips on how to boost your metabolism.

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