March 6, 2012
Best Foods for Burning Calories & Boosting Metabolism
Was reading through some magazines and decided to sum up some of my fave naturally slimming foods. I always say, your diet is about 70-80% of the way you look and the last bits are working out and genetics. So we need to clean up from the inside out! Start replacing some of the foods in your diet with the ones below to start melting that fat away.
That’s the printable version I made for tumblr. But for you lucky duckies on my wordpress blog, you get the more in-depth explanation! Here are the facts.
Chili peppers, Jalapenos!!
How? The chemical capsaicin in peppers which gives them their spicy bite, contributes to speeding up your heart rate. The faster your heart rate, the more calories you burn. A study in the 80s found that eating 1 spicy meal can boost your metabolism by up to 25% which the increase in calorie burn lasting up to 3 hours after. Another recent study found that eating spicy snacks and drinking coffee throughout the day can help you burn an extra 1000 calories a day! You can read more about this study here.
Green Tea, Coffee!!
How? Caffeine and the EGCG in tea can help speed up your heart rate, which makes your brain and nervous system run quicker. Studies have found that having a combo of caffeine and EGCG 3x a day can help you burn an extra 80 cals a day at rest.
Lean protein! Chicken, Turkey, Egg Whites, Tofu!!
How? The body uses more energy to digest and break down protein vs. breaking down carbs, sugars, and fats. One study at Arizona State University found that people who ate high protein vs. a high carb diet burned 2x as many cals after the meal. In Denmark, scientists discovered that subbing protein in for 20% of one’s carb intake can help boost calorie burn by 5% a day.
How? The omega-3 fatty acids in these fishes alter levels of the hormone leptin in your body. Low leptin levels equal faster metabolisms, meaning you’re able to burn fat more quickly than people with higher leptin levels. The best way to lower your leptin is to eat fish! French scientists found that by replacing 6g of fat with 6g of fish oil, you can boost your metabolism and lose about 2lbs in 12 weeks.
How? We are made mostly of water, so we need to stay hydrated to keep functioning! Drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces of water will keep you energetic, help you perform better throughout the day and in your workouts, remove waste/toxins from the body, make your skin and hair look nice, aid digestion, and help you feel fuller! Drinking ice cold water can also help you burn a few more calories than drinking room temp.
Whole Grains, Oats!!
How? Complex carbohydrates and fiber! These things increase your metabolism and help keep your insulin levels low after a meal. It’s good to keep your insulin levels down because once you get a spike in insulin production (like after eating candy) your body starts thinking it needs to store fat. So then this causes your metabolism to slow down, resulting in a decrease of calorie burn.
Milk, Yogurt (Greek), Cottage Cheese, Kefir!!
How? Calcium also helps trigger your metabolism! At the University of Tennessee, researchers found that dieters who consumed between 1,200 and 1,300 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day lost 2x as much weight as dieters getting less calcium.
Men’s Health: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/abs_diet_foods/printer.php