Simple Ways to Rev Your Metabolism
Flush Fat from Your Body, & Eat Yourself Skinny!
Eat yourself skinny?
No, this isn’t wishful thinking and it’s definitely no joke. It may be hard to believe, but the key to weight loss isn’t found in the gym, but in your grocery store. The real magic to simple, sustainable weight loss is found in FOOD. What you eat, how you eat, and when you eat are all critically important to weather you’re storing or burning fat.
There are foods that will turn on the afterburners to your metabolism and there are foods that will turn them off just as quickly. The old adage “you are what you eat” could not be more true. There isn’t a disease process known to man that cannot be effectively treated, managed, and/or improved by a proper diet. Truth be told, many diseases would respond better to a healthy diet than to prescription medications.
Boost your metabolism
It’s true: Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you literally scorch calories as you chew. Other eats contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with these.
Take a look at these super foods. They can rev your metabolism, whittle your waist and leave you looking and feeling better than ever. Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.
Beans - Ignite your body’s fat-blasting furnace with beans. They’ll keep you full, and are high in resistant starch, meaning that half the calories consumed cannot be absorbed. They also reduce blood sugar, and create the fatty acid butyrate, which may burn fat faster. Studies show that butyrate improves mitochondrial function in your cells, leading to a decrease in fat. Worried about gas? Fret not. The more beans you eat, the more your body will build up the good bacteria you need to digest them. Be sure to try some of our taste recipes.
Pine Nuts -Just one palm full every day can help suppress hunger. Pine nuts contain pinolenic acid, a naturally occurring fat that stimulates powerful hormones that tell the brain that the stomach is full. In one study, women who consumed pinolenic acid reported a decreased desire to eat and also reduced their food intake by 36%. These small nuts also contain the highest protein content of any nut, so they’re a great two-for-one deal
Pepitas - Pepitas is the Spanish word for pumpkin or squash seeds. High in omega-3 fatty acids, these seeds have been shown to decrease the body’s ability to store fat. They’re also high in protein and magnesium which helps curb cravings and strengthen muscles. Try eating 1 cup of seeds a few times a week either by roasting them or sprinkling them on meals.
Lentils - Protein-rich and loaded with fiber, these legumes will help you stay fuller for longer. One cup provides about three-quarters of your daily recommendation of fiber. They can be eaten plain or as a substitute for meat.
Chia Seeds - Chia seeds are super high in soluble fiber -- which, in addition to filling you up, has cholesterol-lowering properties and prevents the absorption of fat. For a hydrating metabolism-boosting beverage, try a chia seed cocktail. Add chia seeds, a slice of lemon and a dash of agave to distilled water.
Crimini Mushrooms - These mini-Portobello mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavor. Blending crimini mushrooms with ground turkey is a great way to cut half the fat without losing taste. The high-fiber mushroom mixture works well for any meat-based dish, like tacos, meat sauce, hamburgers and more.
Apples - Apples are the perfect pre-dinner snack. Soluble fiber in apples, called pectin, reduces the amount of sugar and calories that’s absorbed into the bloodstream after a meal. That’s good news for folks who want to prevent type 2 diabetes, but it also makes apples one of the best snacks for dieters. Apple pectin prevents spikes in blood sugar that lead to increased fat storage. It will help you avoid the blood sugar “crash” that leaves you craving more food and can keep you satiated for up to two hours.
Avocados - Trim your tummy by packing your grocery cart with monounsaturated fats, easily remembered as MUFAS. Found in nuts, olive oil and seeds, MUFAS are healthy sources of energy to keep you going all day long. Other fat burners include avocados, green tea and whole grains.
Chili Peppers - Capsaicin, the compound that gives these spicy peppers their zing, also helps curbs your appetite while you eat. It raises your body temperature, which may boost your metabolism. Add some chili's to your next omelet or burger and see for yourself.
Vinegar - Vinegar will slow the absorption of carbohydrates and prevents sudden surges in your blood sugar. It also slows the passage of food through your stomach, keeping you fuller for longer.
Cinnamon - This delicious spice slows the passage of food through your stomach. It also lowers your blood sugar levels by stimulating glucose metabolism.
Things to remember
There is real power in eating whole foods
Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.
Protein has an incredible thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down).