Most people think the best way to boost metabolism is to lift weights, exercise like crazy and take endless supplements.
Many on a weight loss diet plan don’t realise that the nutrients in everyday foods, can provide us with fuel to help boost our metabolism naturally.
When looking for foods and recipes to lose weight, consider this list of our top 10 metabolism boosting foods to include in your healthy eating diet plan today.
Some claim that asparagus is a negative calorie food, requiring more calories to chew and digest it than it contains. While this may or may not be the case, it’s clear that its caloric load is low, while it nutrient load is high. Asparagus season will start again in September so don’t forget to load up on it when the weather gets warmer!
2) Baby Spinach
Spinach is quite high in B Vitamins, which helps to boost metabolism naturally. If you’re strength training, spinach will help your muscles recover, and this will lead to a faster metabolism because you’ll end up with better muscle mass which directly leads to burning up more calories.
Blueberries can have a direct effect on white adipose tissue, cutting fat cell numbers and the amount of fat in cells. They are also high in fiber which could help normal digestive function and contain high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Blueberries contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and this potent combination makes this fruit a healthy and nutritious option for any weight-loss program.
Broccoli is rich in both calcium and vitamin C. These two vitamins work together to help you burn calories faster and more effectively. Calcium activates your metabolism, while vitamin C helps you absorb more calcium.
It’s thought of as a thermogenic food, and also has high levels of calcium to boot. Try dipping them in organic peanut butter so that you can get some good fats along with this time-tested metabolism booster.
6) Chia seeds
Chia seeds were labelled the running food by the Atztec tribes’ way back in history and this is because a handful of chia seeds used to fuel the activities of the Aztec warriors for a day and fuel the extensive travels of tribes-people at those times. Give yourself plenty of energy reserves and this will help your metabolism. If you don’t, the energy is taken instead by breaking down muscle.
Research has found that a chemical contained in chilli could boost your body’s ability to burn more fat and curb your appetite. This is because capsaicin, the chemical that gives chillies their characteristic pungency, stimulates the natural process where some of the food we eat is converted immediately to heat. This is called diet-induced thermogenesis. This means we burn up calories rather than storing them.
A Scandinavian study found that when volunteers were given rice pudding with three grams of cinnamon, they produced less insulin after the meal. Because insulin is the hormone that turns excess sugar into fat, this means less weight gain. As well as lowering blood sugar levels cinnamon may slow down the emptying of the stomach, meaning it can make you feel fuller for longer.
Virgin Coconut oil is a saturated fat – which we are meant to stay away from. But it actually contains a high amount of Lauric acid which research suggests boosts beneficial HDL cholesterol (the good kind). Lauric acid can also boost your metabolism as it is metabolised in the liver, causing greater energy expenditure – which will help to burn even more stomach fat!
If you’re looking to jumpstart your metabolism, start your morning off with a bowl of oatmeal. This super food is rich in fat soluble fiber, which requires a lot of calories to break down. Eating oatmeal can also help decrease your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
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