There really are no short-cuts to losing weight, however, there are a few things you can do to boost your metabolism. Besides exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep — which are two of the best things you can do– there are also plenty of foods that speed metabolism. Adding them to your diet may give you the extra edge to lose more weight. Think of these foods as support mechanisms on your path towards fat loss, as any diet that keeps the pounds off requires sustained effort and exercise.
Yogurt: As far as superfoods go Yogurt is a key player. It includes calcium, protein and a ton of other nutrients as well as good bacteria and probiotics for you digestive tract. Low-fat yogurt has a rich source of calcium that is weight-loss friendly. It provides about 450 mg per 8-ounce serving, as well as 12 grams of protein.
Green Tea: Studies have shown that green tea can boost metabolism as well as helping with weight loss. It has also been reported to contain anti-cancer properties, help prevent heart disease and have mood enhancing properties.
Turkey: It’s not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas anymore! Countless studies have shown that protein can help boost metabolism, lose fat and build lean muscle tissue so you burn more calories. A 3-ounce serving of boneless, skinless lean turkey breast weighs in at 120 calories and provides 26 grams protein.
Jalapenos: These hot babies can not only speed up your metabolism, but they can boost it as well. Here’s why: There is a chemical found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers called Capsaici that temporarily stimulates your body to release more stress hormones, which speeds up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories. All that hot salsa really does a body good.
Broccoli: Study after study links calcium with weight loss. Broccoli is high not only in calcium, but it is also loaded with vitamin C– which boosts your calcium absorption. It also has plenty of vitamin A, folate and fiber. This superfood not only fights fat but also contains powerful phytochemicals that boost your immunity and protect against disease. And, the best news? It has just 20 calories per cup.
Metabolism is how your body converts calories you consume into energy. People often believe that a slim person’s metabolism is high and an overweight person’s metabolism is low, but this usually is not the case. Metabolism alone does not determine your weight. Rather, weight is dependent on the balance of calories consumed versus the calories burned. If you eat more calories than you need — you will gain weight. If you eat fewer calories than you need — you will lose weight. Metabolism is merely your body’s engine that burns calories and regulates your caloric needs.
Check back on Wednesday when we will share with you more foods that you can eat that will help boost your metabolism.