5 Foods That Speed Up Metabolism
While you can last a few weeks without food, you will only last a few days without water. You already know water is a given, and you already know dieters are constantly eating grapefruit and tons of veggies. This is a short list of some great foods that you may not have known will speed up your metabolism and keep it burning fat for you all day long.
Almonds are the most nutritionally dense of the nuts. Eating almonds instead of other nuts will give your body the most bang for its buck. Almonds contain fiber, monounsaturated fat, and protein which keep you full longer than carb-packed or sugary snacks will. The monounsaturated fat is thought to keep insulin levels low, which in turn will keep you metabolism working speedily. The fiber keeps you full longer and digesting and metabolizing the protein takes more time requiring more calories to be burned in the process. Almonds will help keep you satisfied and keep your metabolism working longer after you eat them.
Green tea is recommended over coffee or black tea because it also has the caffeine one may be looking for in these drinks. The caffeine will speed your heart rate a little and communicate to your body the desire to burn calories faster by boosting your metabolism. In addition to the caffeine, green tea has catechins that have shown great metabolism increase and fat burning than is seen by caffeine alone. Packed with antioxidants, green tea also promotes heart health.
Cinnamon is a natural blood sugar stabilizer. Without explaining all of the scientific details, your insulin levels and metabolism are closely related. When you consume sugar and your blood sugar levels spike, your body produces insulin. Insulin is good in that it will transport sugar from your blood stream to the cells that need energy, but when your insulin levels increase, your body stops burning fat to get energy. Cinnamon naturally combats blood sugar spikes, keeping your metabolism working at top speed. Use cinnamon when cooking dinner or stir some into your coffee, tea, or yogurt.
Spice it up! Peppers have a compound called capsaicin which give them their spiciness. Studies have shown that adding peppers to your meal can increase your metabolism by up to 25% for 3 hours after you finish eating! Plus, you are less likely to overeat if your meal is spicier. Habaneros, jalapeños, cayenne, and chili peppers will all do the job. Add them to your dinner or consider adding them to a hot breakfast dish.
Lean Meats and Fish
Lean meats and fish are high in protein and low in fat. The protein in these foods will signal to your metabolism to get to work and stay at work breaking them down slowly. It will also tell your metabolism to burn fat and build muscle, not the other way around. When the protein is broken down, the result is amino acids. These amino acids will then build and repair muscles, organs and other tissues. The build up of muscle tissue is important to your metabolism because your muscle mass will require and burn much more energy than fat. The build up of muscle will keep your metabolism working for you long into the future.