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7 Foods That Will Speed Up Your Metabolism

Some foods take more work to eat and the digestive process itself burns more calories. Just the act of chewing foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean cuts of meat can increase your calorie burn by up to 30%! In a Japanese study, researchers found that women who ate the foods that required the most work had significantly slimmer waistlines than those who ate the softest, easiest-to-eat foods. The fiber and protein in such foods take so much effort to digest that your body doesn’t absorb some of their calories. We’ve put together a list of seven foods that will increase your metabolism and aid in shedding off that unwanted fat:

1. Oatmeal

oatmeal

A bowl of oatmeal is top on our list. This super food is rich in fat soluble fiber, which requires a lot of calories to break down. Oatmeal is also the one food that has been consistent in helping decrease cholesterol levels across countless international and cross cultural studies and can reduce your risk of heart disease.

2. Grapefruit

grapefruit

Studies have indicated that eating grapefruit can reduce insulin levels. Having lower insulin levels after a meal means food is processed more efficiently and that you burn more calories and store less fat.

3. Hot Peppers

peppers

Add some spiciness to your meal and boost your metabolism. Hot peppers or chillis, like jalapenos, contain a chemical called capsaicin, which gives these veggies their heat and causes a spike in your metabolism. This chemical also keeps the calorie burn going hours after you’ve finished your meal.

4. Lean Proteins

lean protein

Lean protein like the kind found in chicken, turkey and other lean meats require more energy to process and thus your body burns a lot of calories during the digestive process. Protein is also an essential ingredient in building lean muscle mass. Having more lean muscle mass increase your metabolism

5. Green Tea

tea

The caffeine found in green tea accelerates your heart rate and speeds up your metabolism. Plus, green tea has catechins, substances that some experts believe help burn belly fat.

6. Cinnamon

cinnamon

Cinnamon helps to curb soaring blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production. There is some evidence to suggest that cinnamon extract also makes fat cells more responsive to insulin. Adding this spice to something you eat every day — hot cereal, marinades, yogurt — helps blood sugar get into cells to be used for energy, so less is stored as fat.

7. Ginger

ginger

The heat it creates when it is eaten also boosts the metabolic rate by raising the internal temperature of the body and forcing it to burn more. Also, ginger has long been used as a digestive aid, soothing the stomach and reducing inflammation in the digestive tracts. This can contribute to a flatter, healthier-looking tummy. Tried a hot cup of ginger tea on a cold night? We’d like to suggest that you do so.

Remember, the best way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. However, incorporating these metabolism friendly foods into a nutrient-rich diet will add a boost and help you get closer to your fitness goals.

Sources:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/health/fat-burning-foods

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/

http://ecosalon.com/20-foods-to-boost-your-metabolism/

 

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