February 07, 2014

How to Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism, also known as Basal Metabolic Rate, is defined as the energy needed to sustain the body while resting in normal temperature conditions.  The digestive system is not very active when the body is at rest. Therefore an increased metabolism makes the body an efficient fat and calorie burner. Metabolic boosters assist in enhancing the metabolic rate of the body. 
Foods that help boost metabolism

  • Vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, spicy peppers, jalapeno’s, sweet potato and avacado
  • Fruits such as apple, berries, grape fruit, oranges, lime, lemon
  • Beans, chick peas, lima beans, 
  • Spices such as garlic, curry powder and cinnamon
  • Other foods include flax seeds, olive oil, fish, eggs, oats, almonds, yoghurt, soymilk, peanut butter, cottage cheese, cocoa, coffee, soups, turkey and green tea

Food and their properties
  • High fibre non starchy vegetables such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, celery, and peppers are the best metabolism boosters as they have the most thermogenic (heat producing) properties. These foods that burn fat and calories also aid in regulating metabolism.
  • Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Polyphenols have antioxidant like characteristics that is believed to be the main ingredient that helps boost metabolism and aid in fat loss. The caffeine in green tea acts as a powerful stimulant that speeds up the heart and boosts metabolism.
  • Cinnamon helps weight loss by controlling and lowering the blood sugar levels and also has thermogenic properties that speed up metabolism. When the metabolism speeds up, more calories are burnt consequently.

  • Staying hydrated is essential as water is a great metabolism booster. 
  • Some of your metabolism is genetic but the rate can be effectively enhanced by exercising.
  • Fasting for more than 12 hours can increase this rate by 40%. 
  • Proteins help in boosting metabolism.

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