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7 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

7 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

There are probably hundreds of foods that boost your metabolism, and you should try to include as many of them in your diet as you can to maintain a healthy weight and lose weight.  Many of the foods on the HCG diet can improve your metabolism, but these foods in particular are excellent at helping your body burn fat, with some of them being HCG diet foods. Adding more of these foods into your diet will help you lose weight without much extra effort. Try to buy these foods organic whenever possible, but even non-organic whole foods are much better for you than processed foods or "€œdiet"€ foods. In general, you want to stick to whole foods whenever you are trying to improve your body's natural fat metabolism, because additives and chemicals in processed foods can throw your normal metabolism off, even if those foods are low in calories or carbs.

Add more garlic in your diet to boost your metabolism

Garlic is a vegetable that works great in many recipes, and it also happens to be one of the best foods that can help your body burn fat. Garlic has been proven to help the body break down fat, especially for those who have excess fat. It can boost your fat metabolism and it's also excellent for your heart. Studies found that mice that were fed a high sugar diet put on less weight when they ate garlic, so it may have an effect at reducing fat production. Garlic reduced the negative effects of the unhealthy diet on the organs of the mice. If you don't like traditional garlic, you can try black garlic which is a fermented version of garlic that has twice the antioxidants as regular garlic without the odor and the bite that comes with fresh raw garlic.

Citrus fruits can boost your metabolism

There are three citrus fruits allowed on the HCG diet: lemons, grapefruit and oranges, and for good reason. Citrus fruits are great at boosting your fat metabolism. Vitamin C helps the body burn fat faster. Although the FDA recommends just 60 mg of vitamin C per day, you can benefit from increasing your intake of this important vitamin. Studies have found that taking 500 mg of vitamin C per day, through food and/or supplements can boost your fat metabolism during exercise by 39%. Several other studies have found an association between citrus fruit consumption and weight loss. In particular, grapefruit has been shown to be excellent for weight loss. A study by Scripps Clinic found that people who ate a half a grapefruit at every meal and did nothing else lost an average of 3.6 pounds over a 12 week period of time. Those are pretty amazing results from doing nothing more than adding a small serving of a fruit into your diet.

Berries can help you lose weight quickly

Berries are often overlooked for their fat burning potential, and you can lose a substantial amount of weight by adding more berries into your diet. Some great options include strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. They are rich in anthocyanins, compounds that are thought to stop fat cells from growing too large. Berries also encourage fat cells to release adiponectin, a hormone that lowers inflammation levels and improves insulin and leptin sensitivity. Leptin and insulin resistance are thought to be a major cause of obesity along with chronic inflammation, and eating berries can help with both of these contributors to weight gain. In general they are excellent for your health because they are rich with antioxidants, and their high fiber content leaves you feeling full without adding very many calories to your diet.

Green tea can boost your metabolism

Green tea is one of the best drinks for your health. It can lower your risk of diabetes and chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. It also has the benefit of boosting your metabolism. The caffeine in green tea can help you burn more calories throughout the day and suppress your appetite between meals. Studies have found that green tea improves fat oxidation and speeds up metabolism beyond the effects of caffeine. A study found that young males who were mildly overweight took a green tea extract with 50 mg of caffeine, a 50 mg capsule of caffeine by itself, and a placebo. The males who took the green tea capsule with caffeine showed an increased energy expenditure of 4.5% with a 4% increase in thermogenesis as measured in a special respiratory chamber. Simply drinking green tea regularly can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, and you should try to drink it every day for the health benefits.

Broccoli is a great metabolism booster

Broccoli is a delicious vegetable that happens to be a great metabolism booster. Being a rich source of vitamin C, broccoli has the same metabolism boosting effect as citrus fruits. There are 132 mg of vitamin C in a 148 gram serving of broccoli. Broccoli is also rich in filling fiber which helps you eat less throughout the day, and like many other vegetables it is low in calories at just 50 per serving. It provides 3.8 grams of dietary fiber per serving so it is very filling, and it's also a great source of potassium which can lower your blood pressure. Try to eat broccoli in its raw form as much as possible for the maximum health benefits, but if you want to cook it use light methods like steaming that retain its nutrients.

Celery is a great weight loss snack

Celery is a very low calorie vegetable that is allowed on the HCG diet, and research is showing that it is one of the best potential fat burners. About 75% of celery is water and the rest is mostly fiber, and it actually almost takes as many calories to digest it than it includes. Celery is very low in calories and it can add more substance to your salads without calories. Celery has several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, A and K and is a good source of anti-oxidants. One whole cup of raw celery only has 16 calories, so you never have to feel guilty about eating too much of it. Use light seasonings and your own custom made low calorie salad dressings to make it a delicious weight loss snack and a far better alternative to processed foods like pretzels and chips.

Coconut oil can boost your metabolism and help you lose fat

In spite of what people previously thought, coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils to include in your diet. Coconut oil is not metabolized in the same way that unhealthy oils are. It can have a powerful effect on your metabolism because it is rich in medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids go straight to the liver where they are burned for energy right away or converted into ketone bodies, and they are stored less efficiently than other fats. Coconut oil is thermogenic, meaning that it increases the amount of energy that your body expends when you consume it. One study found that 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil can increase energy expenditure by up to 120 calories per day. It's much better to use coconut oil in your cooking compared to most other vegetable oils and it can definitely help you burn fat and lower your risk of heart disease.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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