First of all, let’s start by saying our body burns calories even if we don’t do anything. However, in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume.
So what’s the trick with calories? Let me ask you, do you think all calories are the same? For example, is 300 calories coming from spinach the same as 300 calories coming from rice? Or pasta? If your answer is yes, you really need to continue reading. If your answer is no, you should also stay with me as we look at some metabolism boosting foods.
To put it simply, two thirds of women out there are trying to lose weight, but they are not successful in it. Why? Because calories are nowhere alike, and it is important to eat “good calories”. Here are the metabolism boosting foods that kick your fat burn rate into overdrive.
In the last 10 or 15 years, antioxidants have become the new “buzzword”. Everyone is looking for more and more antioxidants, trying to find every way to squeeze in some extra antioxidants. Why are they so good for you? Antioxidants help you fight off free radicals, chemicals and compounds that our bodies produce naturally and damage our cells.
As a result, your muscles do not function properly, and you can’t lose fat. Blueberries are the gold standard when it comes to antioxidants, and with a solid dose of vitamin C as well, they speed up your metabolic rate.
Every nut out there helps with weight loss and fat burning due to the high concentration of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. But when it comes to nuts, almonds are definitely the best choice. Rich with good fats and extremely dense with healthy nutrients, almonds make the best snack.
You can also add almonds to salads, or drink almond milk and add almonds to some of your sauces and chilies.
When you want to burn more fat, you need to consume more protein. Simply put, some people cannot get the appropriate dose of protein they need. For reference, you need approximately 1g of protein per kilogram of body weight (or 0.4 grams per pound).
Whey protein is the best source of protein, and even though some people are against supplements, sometimes supplementation can help a lot.
It is time to get to the meaty section of metabolism boosting foods, and we must start with salmon, wild salmon preferred. Salmon is high in protein, high in omega-3 fatty acids, and low in saturated fats, making it extremely healthy diet food.
Consuming salmon on regular basis has more beneficial health effects for you than just weight loss and metabolism boost. Salmon helps with cardiovascular health, cholesterol, and blood clots.
Everyone you know will tell you that if you want more protein, you should eat chicken meat. Hell, chicken meat has become the poster child of weight loss, bodybuilding and everything protein related.
However, while I am a big fan of chicken meat, I am even bigger fan of turkey meat.
Turkey contains more protein than chicken meat, and in addition, comes packed with folic acid, vitamin B, potassium and zinc.
Turkey fuels your muscles, but also keeps your cholesterol levels in the low, protecting you from heart diseases and promoting healthy nerve function.
I also cannot write a list of metabolism boosting foods without mentioning lean meat. Truth is, every lean meat helps, no matter if it is pork, beef, chicken or lamb.
Lean meat contains the highest amount of iron among foods, so make to include three to four servings per week.
I love chocolate, I cannot help it. Chocolate is probably the one thing I could never quit on. And luckily for me, and all other chocolate lovers out there, dark chocolate helps with burning fat.
Of course, that premise assumes that you consume one or two tables of dark chocolate per day, not a whole pack of chocolate.
How does dark chocolate helps?
By supplementing your body with caffeine, a compound that kicks your fat burning rate.
Capsaicin is the chemical that gives peppers their burn.
But capsaicin is also the chemical that speeds up your metabolic fat rate, increases your energy and promotes healthy body.
Ginger and Cinnamon
I also must mention two spices that are extremely good for metabolism boost. Ginger and cinnamon are two spices I absolutely love and try to include in almost every meal.If I am cooking something sour, I add ginger. If I am cooking something sweet, I add cinnamon, as simple as that. Those rules apply to smoothies as well, ginger goes great with vegetable based, while cinnamon is reserved for fruit based smoothies.
Finally the veggie I mentioned at the very beginning. All leafy greens are great for boosting your metabolism, but spinach is the best.
And no, that has no connection with Popeye whatsoever.
Aside from kicking your fat rate, spinach also helps with arthritis, osteoporosis, heart diseases and colon cancer.
There is a reason why oatmeal is among the most popular breakfast options in the healthy world. However, let’s be clear here, for this to work, you need plain and slow-cooking rolled oats. That being said, oats, and oatmeal is great source of fiber, both insoluble and soluble.
And losing weight is not the only benefit you get from consuming oatmeal. Another benefit is reduced risk for heart disease, one of the most widespread diseases in the United States and in the world.
There has to be clarification why eggs help promote healthy lifestyle, and why there are some studies that claiming eggs increase your cholesterol. As odd as it seems, both are true.
The trick is consuming egg whites, not whole eggs. The yolk is the part of the egg that contains high doses of cholesterol, while the egg white is rich in protein.
Consuming egg whites increases your protein intake, but also essential amino acids.
Individuals that are iron deficient should start packing lentils every way they can. Iron deficiency spells trouble for your waistline, and for your metabolic rate.
Simply put, without iron, your body cannot function properly and burn calories in efficient manner. That being said, lentils provide one third of your daily recommended iron needs.
Water might not be classified as food by some people, and they are right. Water is a beverage, but even beverages are foods in a broader sense. Be as it is, drinking water regularly, about eight glasses per day rapidly increases your metabolic rate.
One theory is that your body needs to increase the body temperature when drinking water, which in essence burns more calories.
In addition, drinking water helps you flush out harmful toxins.
Last, but not least, let’s talk about the gold standard of losing weight and increasing your metabolic rate. Green tea contains almost everything you want from metabolism boosting foods: caffeine, antioxidants, and vitamin C. To put it in perspective, green tea contains several times more antioxidants than blueberries.
One cup of green tea contains ¼ of the daily recommended dose of caffeine considered healthy. And if you like to kick things up a notch, instead of green tea bags, get some matcha green tea powder for even better benefits.
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