Let’s face it, we all want to do away with excess fat, especially this time of year. Winter is over and it’s time to start getting in shape for summer. Exercise is definitely one way to go, and I highly recommend incorporating it into your lifestyle. But food can also boost your metabolism, which leads to weight loss.
Metabolism is the amount of energy or calories needed by your body to maintain itself throughout the day. Every body has a different metabolism, and those with more muscle generally have a higher metabolism… another good reason to exercise!
Since food is such an important part of life, our food choices can have a huge impact on our weight. Here are a few foods that can help boost metabolism. Best of all, most of these are either in season now or will be very soon, so they won’t break your pocketbook!
•Grapefruit – Contains naringenin, a flavonoid which helps balance blood sugar levels and prevent metabolic syndrome, a pre-diabetic condition associated with weight gain.
•Yogurt – The “friendly” bacteria in yogurt has been found to reduce the amount of fat that your body absorbs.
•Green Tea – Not exactly a food, but it has lots of health benefits. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2005), a substance in green tea known as catechins may help burn calories, lower LDL cholesterol and mildly reduce body fat.
•Spicy foods – Jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne and chili peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin that sends fat-burning signals to your brain and helps boost your metabolism.
It’s important to note that in order to see a return on your investment, you’ll want to incorporate these foods into a healthy, balanced diet. The amount of water, fat, fiber, protein, carbohydrates, sodium, cholesterol, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), and vitamins and minerals you take in each day, will either increase your metabolism or your waistline. If you are a “live to eat” type person, it may take a little more self-control to say NO to the fast food French fries and instead eat some of these metabolism boosting foods… but it will pay off in the long run!
This Article is by Tara Conroy
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