Foods That Increase Metabolism And Burn Fat
Today, We’re talking about foods that boost metabolism.
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Today I want to talk about foods that boost metabolism.
In a previous video I discussed some of the causes of a slow metabolism, now let’s talk about how to speed it up.
At some point, you’ve probably heard that your metabolism is linked to your weight.
Especially if you’re trying to lose weight, your metabolism plays a key role.
The faster your metabolism, the more effective it will be for you to lose weight.
Who wouldn’t want to lose a few here and there, right?
Now what if I told you that it’s as easy as changing your diet?
That sounds obvious I know…but I’m not talking about harsh or super restrictive diets here…
You see, certain foods can either increase or decrease your metabolism.
It’s important to know the benefits of what you’re eating and how it affects your body.
By adding these foods to your diet, you can improve and boost your metabolism.
Now, I covered the basics of metabolism in a separate video…
But I think it’s worth repeating.
Metabolism can be described as a chemical reaction to sustain the living state of cells and organisms in the human body.
What this means is that the higher your metabolism is, the more calories you can burn, making it easier for you to maintain your weight or lose those unwanted pounds.
And metabolism is determined by two categories:
- Catabolism: breaking down of organic material to release energy such as carbs, protein, and fat
- Anabolism: building up of organic material using the energy released
So, to boost your metabolism, this process needs to happen faster.
More catabolism, less anabolism.
And certain foods can help.
You see, these foods contain special nutrients that can help boost your metabolism…
By simply adding them to your diet…you’ll be stoking the fires of your metabolism.
Try adding one, or a few of these foods to your diet and foods that increase metabolism and burn fat.
Let’s get started…
Food #1 is..
Now I know what you’re thinking…
Water isn’t a food…
But it is essential to life and by drinking water, you have a greater chance of naturally boosting your metabolism.
Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated.
Plus, drinking lots of water may reduce your body weight as it leaves you feeling fuller for longer.
We suggest drinking more water when you’re physically active because you sweat more than usual when you are active and essentially you will lose the water you have stored in your body.
Compounds found in coffee like chlorogenic acid, theobromine, and caffeine can help speed up your metabolism.
The more coffee you drink the more calories you will burn.
But don’t get too crazy about drinking more coffee because it can have negative effects as well like disrupting your sleep and dehydration.
It’s important to note that decaffeinated coffee does not have the same benefits.
Neither is it good to add cream or sugar to your coffee because it increases your calorie content, which may work against the benefits of caffeine for your metabolism.
Caffeine may help your body burn fat for energy.
And drinking a cup of coffee before a workout not only boosts your metabolism but can boost your workout performance as well.
Just keep in mind that its effects may vary from person to person based on characteristics such as body weight and age.
Tea has a combination of caffeine and what are known as catechins which may boost your metabolism.
In particular, green and oolong teas burn more calories and boost your metabolism much quicker than other teas.
Green and oolong teas may also help your body use stored fat for energy more effectively, which increases your fat-burning content.
However, as with coffee, effects may vary from person to person.
We recommend green tea as an alternative to coffee not only for its caffeine content but because it is packed with other healthy nutrients.
Green tea has excellent health benefits including anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant properties, antimicrobial activity, anticancer effects, and is beneficial for your heart and oral health.
Protein-rich foods require your body to use more energy to digest food (but also takes longer to digest it), which increases your metabolism.
This is called the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF), or Diet-Induced Thermogenesis (DIT).
As a result of this process, foods rich in protein are more effective than food high in carbs and fats…
…because food high in carbs and fats slows down your metabolism as a result of spiking your blood sugar, only to have it crash again.
Leaving you feeling hungry.
Protein-rich foods, on the other hand, keep you fuller for longer.
Not only do foods rich in protein help boost your metabolism but it can help maintain muscle mass and prevent you from overeating.
Try adding these protein-rich foods to your meals such as meat, fish, eggs, chicken, legumes, nuts, vegetables, grains, and seeds to help boost your metabolism.
Iron, Zinc, and Selenium
Again these are not technically foods, but it’s very important to get foods high in these minerals.
Although iron, zinc, and selenium have different roles to play in your body, they do have something in common when it comes to regulating your metabolism.
Iron, zinc, and selenium are essential for the proper function of your thyroid gland, which helps maintain a healthy metabolism.
Consuming too little iron, zinc, or selenium in your diet may reduce the ability of your thyroid gland to generate adequate amounts of hormones, which can reduce your metabolism.
In particular, iron is an important mineral for metabolism, growth, and development.
Include iron, zinc, and selenium-rich foods like meat, seafood, legumes, nuts, and seeds in your diet to help your thyroid function properly.
In addition, iron-rich foods that may also boost your metabolism include spinach, kale, and other leafy green vegetables.
To increase your body’s absorption of the iron content in leafy greens, pair it with a source of vitamin C such as lemon, tomatoes, or winter squash.
One of the richest sources of selenium is Brazil nuts, Brazil nuts are essential for your metabolism, reproduction, and immune function.
Certain spices are beneficial in improving your metabolism.
Drinking ginger powder in hot water may help you burn more calories than drinking hot water alone.
Ginger may also reduce your appetite, leaving you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer.
Another spice in the ginger family called grains of paradise may have similar benefits.
However, the effects may vary from person to person.
Another spice, cayenne peppers contain capsaicin which also has metabolism-boosting properties.
When eaten, it helps increase your body heat, making you burn more calories than usual.
Cacao is known to be a tasty treat but also a metabolism-booster.
It is also rich in fiber, which regulates your body’s blood sugar and removes waste from your body.
Cacao has anti-inflammatory properties, which may improve your body’s digestion.
During digestion, cacao breaks down fat and carbs, which may prevent you from gaining weight.
It also helps regulate your blood pressure.
Cacao is great for detoxing the body because it contains antioxidants like flavonoids.
Raw cacao is more beneficial and effective than the processed type.
You can even add cacao powder in smoothies or protein shakes to reap its benefits.
Coconut oil is becoming quite popular.
This is due to it having a high content in Medium-Chain Triglycerides or (MCTs).
When MCTs are absorbed, they immediately go to your liver, which is then turned into energy.
This process makes MCTs less likely to be stored as fat, unlike long-chain fats.
The high MCT content in coconut oil can help your body burn more calories, which may promote weight loss.
Ultimately, leaving you fuller for longer.
Coconut oil may also increase your metabolism more than long-chain fats.
Try substituting margarine, vegetable oil, and/or olive oil with coconut oil to reap its benefits.
Legumes and Pulses
Legumes and pulses are high in protein and fiber, which may have metabolism-boosting properties.
This includes foods such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, and peanuts.
The high protein content requires your body to burn more calories than usual for digestion.
The high fiber content includes resistant starch and soluble fiber, which is good for your body.
The high fiber content is also good for your body because it can be used to feed the good bacteria living in your intestines.
The good bacteria generate short-chain fatty acids, which may help your body maintain normal blood sugar levels and use stored fats as energy.
Legumes are also high in a certain amino acid called arginine.
Arginine may increase the number of carbs and fat your body can burn to produce energy.
Finally food #10
Chilli peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin, which increases the number of calories and fat you burn, which boosts your metabolism.
Capsaicin may reduce your appetite, which can help you to maintain or lose weight.
It may also reduce pain and inflammation, provide antioxidant benefits, and act as an anticancer agent, which may help treat certain illnesses and diseases.
Spice up your meals with fresh or dried chili peppers to reap its benefits.
By simply adding a few of these 10 foods that increase metabolism and burn fat, you’ll be naturally supporting a healthier and a faster metabolism.
But adding these foods to your diet aren’t the only way to boost your metabolism.
There are also other natural ways to help improve and boost your metabolism.
And together with these 10 foods will certainly help improve your metabolism and overall health.
The first one is…
Getting enough Sleep
Sleep is essential for your metabolism and overall health.
Especially when you need the energy to keep up a busy schedule and maintain healthy eating.
While you’re sleeping, your body is being repaired.
It generates growth and heals your body, manufactures and releases hormones, and transports molecules that drive your metabolism.
Lack of sleep may increase body weight as you tend to eat more to gain energy and subsequently reach for food high in sugar, which ultimately leads to a slow metabolism.
It’s important that you go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day to improve your sleep patterns and metabolism.
It is recommended that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep daily for your body to properly repair itself to take on another day.
Adding or increasing physical activity into our day will definitely boost your metabolism not only in the short term but long term as well.
High-intensity workouts such as strength training and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) are more effective as it boosts your metabolism much quicker than low-intensity workouts.
High-intensity workouts also burn more calories.
Add at least 2-3 high-intensity workouts to your weekly activity schedule.
You should also find ways to…
Easier said than done, but reducing stress is essential for a healthy metabolism, your mental well-being, and overall, your life.
Stress affects your hormone levels, which may cause your body to produce more cortisol than usual.
The cortisol hormone helps regulate appetite.
Abnormal cortisol levels may cause you to eat unhealthily, which can negatively affect your metabolism and may affect your mood as well.
Stress is also closely linked to sleep, which can also negatively affect your metabolism.
Exercising is a good way of regulating stress levels as well as meditation methods.
Finally, you should…
Eat at regular Times
To boost your metabolism and burn calories and fat, it is important to schedule work, exercise, social, relaxation and especially meal times in your day to avoid eating unhealthily, and ultimately burning out.
Eating at regular times daily allows your body to digest what has been consumed and keep you going until the next meal.
Set up a schedule and stick to it.
Sure, not everyday will go as planned, but having a schedule will make it easier.
It’s also important to take it one step at a time and not try to do everything at once.
See what works for you.
Consistency is key when it comes to the speed of your metabolism.
Also, never skip meals!
By adding these 10 foods that increase metabolism and burn fat, using some of these easy to use tips you should see a significant bump in your metabolism.
Remember everyone is different and your results will depend on factors such as weight, age, genetics, hormones, etc.
If you have any questions you feel weren’t answered in this video, please drop us a comment and we’ll get right back to you.
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A faster, healthier metabolism can help you reach your fitness goals a lot quicker…regardless of what those goals are.
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