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Foods That Can Help You to Boost Your MetabolismAdmin 20-11-2020
Exercising and correct diet is like two wheels of a bicycle.
Without any one of them, it will take longer to reach your fitness goal or you
may not reach there at all.
This is why often your personal trainers ask you to follow a strict diet along
with proper exercising. Unlike one might think dieting is not about eating
less. And so, dieticians and personal trainers would ask you to eat foods that
increase your metabolism.
Your metabolism is what helps you absorb nutrients from the
food you eat to help your body stay healthy and fit. To do so, it uses the
calories stored in your body and converts them into the energy required to digest
the food. When your metabolism is low, it shows on your body as it loses
muscles. And that happens when you do not eat enough food every day.
The thyroid gland present in the throat of the human body is
responsible for regulating metabolism. Hence, it is important to keep it
healthy and well-functioning.
There are various ways to increase your metabolism rate
however, in this blog, we will focus on foods that you can eat to increase your
Foods that increase your metabolism
Eating foods automatically triggers your metabolism. When
you don’t eat enough food, your body realizes that it needs to work slower and
so it decreases the rate of metabolism which may lead to fatigue and loss of
Protect your body muscles with these foods.
Proteins take longer to breakdown. Therefore, eating foods
rich in protein in smaller amounts can make you feel satiated for longer and
curb any untimely hunger pangs.
Food containing a good amount of protein increases your metabolism
rate because of that same reason. As it takes longer to breakdown, your body
needs a higher amount of energy to digest protein-rich food. So, more calories
are burned as the metabolism rate increases.
When the protein content of your food is higher, your
metabolism rate automatically increases. Proteins can increase your metabolism
rate as high as 15-30%.
Foods rich in protein are:
Seeds, nuts, and legumes
Normal carbs found in junk foods like burgers and pizzas are
unhealthy for your body. However, complex carbs are long and complex chains of
sugar molecules that take more time to digest.
Similar to proteins, complex carbs also take longer to
breakdown, so you eat less and feel more sated for longer. As it takes longer
to breakdown complex carbs, your body needs to produce more energy and so your
metabolism rate increases.
While normally processed carbs are not too healthy for your
body, complex carbs work to give your body the required amount of carbohydrates
while keeping you from eating extra calories.
Foods rich in complex carbs are:
Chili pepper and ginger are two spices known to increase
your metabolism. These spices are not only good to make your meals tasty but
they have some amazing health effects on your body as well.
The capsaicin found in the chili pepper increases the
breakdown of fat to release energy in your body reducing the amount of stored
fat (fat oxidation). It, further, does not allow fat to accumulate for longer.
Whereas, ginger helps in reducing weight and glucose levels
while empty stomach (fasting glucose levels). It also has anti-inflammatory
properties that relieve your stomach of any inflammation.
Iron, selenium, iodine, and zinc are known to increase your energy levels. Naturally, they do so by
increasing your metabolism rate.
These minerals are very important for maintaining the health
of the thyroid gland. As mentioned earlier, the thyroid gland is responsible
for the regulation of your metabolic rate.
The thyroid hormone created from the iodine in your blood
helps to promote a faster metabolism. Zinc makes sure that the fat or lipid and
glucose are broken down properly.
Foods rich in these minerals are:
Green leafy vegetables
It may come off as a surprise for most but caffeine, in
moderate amounts, does help you in increasing your metabolism. Caffeine is
known to stimulate the expenditure of energy. It is why you feel refreshed
after drinking a cup of coffee or tea.
Due to increased energy expenditure, your metabolism is made
to work faster thus increasing your metabolic rate. Furthermore, caffeine also
helps you relieve the post exercising soreness.
Foods and drinks rich in caffeine are:
Energy drinks (sugar-free ones should be
With these foods, you can ensure to have a high metabolism
rate. However, eating the right foods should not be the only way to increase
your metabolism. Exercising regularly can also help in boosting your
metabolism. If you are someone with a tight schedule, squeeze in a gym appointment to stay
To have a healthy and fit body, it is important to have a
healthy metabolism that allows you to process the food that you eat and release
the nutrients into your blood. Higher metabolism promotes better body weight.
You can increase your metabolism by regularly exercising and
eating a healthy diet. In this blog, we discussed foods that promote a higher
metabolism rate. These groups of food are:
So, make sure that you eat healthy amounts of these
foods. We would advise you to talk to your dietician or fitness trainer before
starting any diet. They would know what your current fitness status is and
accordingly make you a diet chart.
If you are not in touch with any dietician or fitness
trainer, join a gym or a fitness center.
Gyms usually allow you a free session with fitness trainers. Use that time to
get a personalized diet plan and use it wisely.
What do you do to increase your metabolism? Share your tips
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