If anyone tries to sell you on a food that will magically make you lose weight, smile, back away slowly and stop talking to that person immediately. There’s no miracle food that will melt your belly fat away, no matter how shiny the packaging or how many exclamation points a sales person uses.
There are, however, foods that help your body rev itself up and operate at its highest potential. While we wouldn’t call them “miracles,” they do help your metabolism get moving, and a motoring metabolism is definitely the first step toward burning calories and losing fat.
The next time you feel yourself losing a bit of steam in the middle of the day, avoid the prepackaged granola bar or chips, and grab one of these!
If there was ever a food you could eat a ton of, and then keep on eating it, egg whites would be it. One cup of egg whites provides 26 grams of protein with almost zero fat and carbs. Branched chain amino acids (or BCAAs if you’re a fitness fanatic) are also plentiful in egg whites, and help to rev up the muscle-building proteins in your body.
Did you know having an iron deficiency can slow your metabolism? Eating two to three servings of lean meat a day will not only give your muscles the protein they need, you’ll also be making sure your iron levels are right on target.
Capaicin is a chemical compound that makes your nose itch, your tongue burn and your eyes water whenever you eat chili peppers. Scientists have also linked capaicin to a short-term increase in metabolism because of the extra heat produced by the body after ingestion. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a little cayenne in your lemon water first thing in the morning
Studies have shown that coffee also temporarily speeds up metabolism, somewhere from 10 to 15 percent.
Minimally-processed whole grains don’t only provide your body with a lot of essential nutrients and fiber, they also take more energy to break down than say, a piece of Wonder bread or Twinkie. When your body uses more energy to digest certain foods, your metabolism gets a boost.
Aren’t avocados wonderful? Not only do they provide your body with the good kind of fat (fat that keeps your metabolism revved up), they also tell your body’s fat storage hormones to turn off, making it more difficult for fat cells to actually build up.
This tropical nut is rich in selenium, which has been shown to have a direct effect on fat metabolism.
While cinnamon doesn’t exactly boost your metabolism by itself, it does help fat cells respond better to insulin, which aids in sugar being processed more efficiently in your body. An efficient sugar process means more energy, less stored fat!
Foods High In Vitamin C (Yellow Peppers, Pineapple, Oranges)
Vitamin C is crucial to the production of carnitine, a molecule that helps your muscles get their energy from fat. A study was even published in the Journal of Nutrition that found “people with higher levels of C in their blood had lower BMIs and less body fat.”
High-quality whey protein is a pretty important component when you’re trying to lose weight. When you’re shedding fat via a diet or exercise regime, you want to make sure you’re not shedding muscle along with it, and supplementing your diet with a smoothie full of whey (or another high-quality protein) keeps your muscles full and your metabolism working at full speed.
It almost seems too simple, but there are lots of people walking around every day who don’t even known they’re dehydrated. When we’re not getting enough water, our body can’t function at an optimum level. Just like a car, if our internal processes aren’t “well oiled,” our thinking, activity level and metabolism will all slow down.
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