Whether you’re trying to steal a few pounds off the weighing scale, or are venturing new and more wholesome eating habits, the last thing you would think of doing is eating more. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t eating more that gives your midsection its bulge – it really is eating more of the wrong stuff.
Your body’s ability to burn calories and convert it to energy is called metabolism. The higher one’s metabolism is, the faster body fat is burned. You burn fats whether you are breathing, sleeping, or performing high-energy tasks and exercises. How fast your body burns calories is known as your basal metabolic rate.
The key to losing weight is upping your basal metabolic rate, but not very many folks realize that one of the best ways to accomplish this is by eating more of the metabolism – boosting foods. These foods, more commonly referred to as negative calorie foods, induce fat-burning because they are usually high in fiber and therefore slower to digest. In turn, the body needs to body exert more energy to digest them.
Get your metabolism revving with these top ten fat-burning foods:
1. Green Tea
Green tea is such a versatile drink and can be enjoyed in numerous ways – hot with lemon, honey or peppermint, and even cold (think green tea iced latte). Green tea is super rich in epigallocatechin gallate. Mouthful as it may seem, EGCG is actually a stimulant to the nervous system, particularly the brain. When your brain is more active, it tells the body to burn more calories.
2. Cold water
Water itself is enough to boost your metabolism. It’s the universal lubricant which makes all the mechanisms in your body work smoothly, metabolism included. An extra 20 calories is burned just by drinking 8-10 glasses per day. However, experts believe that when you drink cold water, your body struggles to restore balance, so it needs to increase your body temperature (to counteract the cold). Higher body temperature means increased metabolism.
This bittersweet member of the citrus family is a common food for dieters, and it has never failed. From its rich fiber content to its insulin – lowering capabilities (insulin is needed to allow the body to store fat), grapefruit ups your metabolism and gives you a boost of Vitamin C. The fiber in this fruit gives the body extra digestion work, so more calories are burned in the process.
4. Green apple
Like grapefruit, apples are rich in dietary fiber and low in calories. Green apples, with their tartness and sweetness combined, are great snacks because they help you feel satiated for longer so you end up without hunger pangs that can lead to impulsive eating choices.
These green florets are bursting with calcium and vitamin C, but they’re also a great metabolism – booster. Vitamin C helps the body take in more calcium, and more calcium means better metabolism abilities.
Why was Popeye so skinny, but his muscles enormous? That green stuff in the can he’d pop open is a health food you can never do without. Spinach gives your strength and increases your resistance against illnesses. It is high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron, and it speeds up your metabolism.
7. Chili Peppers and Jalapenos
Feel the heat from these babies. Every bite immediately sends your heart rate on a chase, upping your metabolism to great lengths even hours after you have eaten them. The secret ingredient of jalapenos is capcaisin, a heat-producing substance that quickly increases metabolism. Here’s a friendly tip: If it gets too hot, sip on milk instead of water or soda.
Who can resist the warm scent and flavor of cinnamon? According the USDA researchers, extracts from cinnamon can break down sugar faster. So go ahead a sprinkle a teaspoon onto your oatmeal or cookie for that added burn.
9. Greek Yogurt
Yogurt itself is a metabolism booster, but Greek yogurt is healthier in so many ways. Firstly, it has twice the amount of protein in regular yogurt. The protein keeps you feeling full for longer while your body takes its sweet time in digesting.
Oatmeal has fat-soluble fiber, and lots of it, so the body takes a long time to digest it. Oatmeal is one of the most wholesome health foods there is. It lowers insulin, which means there is less ability to store fat, and helps boost metabolism due to fiber content.