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The world is going through a massive paradigm shift from the lackadaisical outlook to health and fitness to absolute concern and awareness of it. Everyone’s chanting the mantras of fat burners and metabolism boosters.
In fact, I recently did my own full body checks and one of the first things that my fitness consultant pointed out was my metabolic rate and how I must work to improve it.
‘Metabolism’ is simply a collective function that includes all the bodily processes that turn the food we eat into energy. The higher the metabolism rate the less likelihood of your food getting stored as fat, as most of it is quickly utilized and turned into energy. This simply means that including foods that boost metabolism into your daily diet not only helps you stay active and energetic but it also aids in weight loss, of course if it is coupled with moderate exercises.
Before we list out the top 10 super metabolism boosting foods, let us highlight a particular class of foods first which are the perfect example of such foods. ‘Proteins’. Yes, proteins are the best foods to boost metabolism as digesting and breaking down proteins require twice as much effort on the part of your bodies than it does other foods like simple carbohydrates.
In less technical terms, when you eat proteins, you give your digestive systems an internal workout. This means that you burn a lot more calories just by eating proteins, which consequently assists any other fat burning efforts you might be undertaking.
Secondarily, proteins have higher lasting power, which basically means that they stay for in your body for longer. They also reduce food cravings by making you feel like you have just eaten for a much longer duration. Now isn’t that a double benefit!
The following list of top ten foods that boost metabolism also includes some proteins.
1. Seafood, meat and poultry:
Oily fish such as salmon, herring, halibut, mackerel and Chilean sea bass are rich in several healthy ingredients such as omega-3 fats, etc. Additionally, these foods are good proteins that genuinely boost metabolism. Lean game meat, organic chicken eggs and organic poultry also boost metabolism.
Vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, celery and peppers are also good metabolism boosters. They are also natural store houses for numerous essential minerals and vitamins.
If you are surprised to see this entry on the list, you can join the club with many others. But it is absolutely true that water is a metabolism booster and numerous studies done all around the world just confirm this fact over and over. Water is also a natural diuretic that helps in flushing out unhealthy toxins from your body, so do make it a point to have a lot of water everyday.
Fruits su ch as grapefruit, tomatoes and apples are fantastic metabolism boosters along with being natural stock houses for essential vitamins and minerals. Studies on it have indicated that grapefruit has aided weight loss through fat loss.
Cinnamon, as fairly common spice that is found in most households. Though mostly used in baking, this spice helps you feel like you have just eaten so you do not munch unnecessarily. It also aids as a weight loss food.
6. Low fat dairy products:
I am just as surprised as you are when I read about low fat dairy products being good foods to increase metabolism. A study has revealed that increasing the amount of calcium in our diet results in larger quantities of fat being excreted from our bodies.
Used extensively in Asian cuisine, this yellow spice increases bile production in the body and thus boosts the metabolism.
Preliminary studies indicate that ginger is very good for the health of the digestive tract and it even aids in weight loss. An April 2011 study published in ‘Automatic Neuroscience’ indicates that further research on ginger, as a metabolism booster is essential as it was found to reduce fat content in lab rats.
High fiber oatmeal that is not polluted with high quantities of sugar and other ingredients increases your metabolism rate as you burn a significant number of calories just trying to digest it.
10. Green tea:
While you may have already heard that green tea is a good appetite suppressant, the facts that green tea aids in burning fat and in boosting metabolism may not have reached you. Apart from being a metabolism booster, green tea also prevents cancer and some heart diseases.
Including the above mentioned foods in your daily diet and supplementing it with a routine exercise regimen will help you stay fit and slim. These foods have several alternative benefits as well; you can indeed benefit from having them.