TweetDid you know that there are certain foods that can speed up your metabolism helping you to burn fat and lose weight faster? It’s true that there are some foods that light your fat burning furnace and put your metabolism to work. If you add these foods into your diet plan you will be on your way to reaching your weight loss goal and reduce belly fat.
Before I expose these super foods to you I want to mention exercise. I know if you are overweight and have no energy you really don’t feel like exercising, but exercise will increase your metabolism. When trying to lose weight you should always include some exercise in your daily routine, even if it is just a 15 to 20 minute walk. When you begin exercising and start increasing your muscle mass you will find your metabolism improving.
The other factor, besides the super foods that you are waiting to hear about, that affects your metabolic rate is how often you eat. With a variety of diets you will reduce the number of calories that you consume and some diets make you feel like you are just starving. The issue with diets that reduce food to almost nothing, is that your body realizes that you are eating less and adjusts your metabolism accordingly. So when you are eating less every day, then your metabolism will slow down and soon you will find it difficult to lose anymore weight, even though you are still eating less. As long as you are eating the right foods then you can eat the required amount to keep your metabolism working fast.
This first type of food is whole grains. Whole grains digest slowly and they help to keep your insulin levels low. The higher your insulin levels are the more your body stores fat, so by keeping your insulin levels low your metabolism will work fast and you will store less fat.
Next is fish. Fish such as tuna, salmon and sardines are excellent for your overall health as they are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and they are also good for boosting your metabolism. When you eat fish the level of the hormone leptin will drop. Studies have demonstrated that when leptin levels are low you lose weight faster. For those of you who don’t like fish then there is also the option of taking fish oil supplements to give you a similar effect.
Then you have hot spices. Hot and spicy peppers like cayenne and jalapeno contain a substance called capsaicin and this is what gives them their heat. This ingredient also speeds up your metabolism and your body will continue to burn fat at a fast rate for up to three hours after eating these spices. So if you can stand to eat hot foods, then they can certainly help to get your metabolism moving fast.
Last but not least you can speed up your metabolism with protein. Foods that are high in protein like eggs, chicken, fish, beans and lean meats, are excellent for your metabolism. Not only does protein speed up your metabolism but it also produces a hormone that is a natural appetite suppressant so you won’t feel as hungry and won’t be reluctant to eat as much.
It’s clear to see that dieting is about choosing the right foods to eat and not just reducing the amount of calories you eat. To lose weight and reduce belly fat you must eat smart and exercise to be fit and healthy. Eating smart and daily physical activity will keep you in shape and reduce serious health risks as well.