METABOLISM BOOSTING FOODS

We have said it before and we will continue to say it. The best thing you can do to keep your metabolism revved up is to exercise, add muscle to your body and to eat 5 to 6 small nutritious meals a day.

Now we know many of you will never exercise and this is unfortunate because the health benefits you gain is truly a long list. But, we also know the one thing everybody must do everyday is to eat. Making simple, wise choices will speed you on your way to losing weight.

Eliminate fried and fatty foods (Skip restaurant and machine-vended foods) Eat more lean protein (chicken, fish, and turkey) Consume more fruits and vegetables Replace all your processed (white bleached flour) grains with whole grains (brown rice and whole wheat)

Complex Carbohydrates and High Fiber Foods Whole grain cereal, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal.

They work by keeping insulin levels low after eating.

When your insulin spikes or increases sharply (like it will after eating sugary foods or simple carbs) your body signals it is time to store fat. To store fat, your body slows down your metabolism.

Skipping meals (like many dieters do) has the same effect. Your metabolism will slow down and prepare your body to store fat. This is where the YO-YO effect comes from when dieters begin eating again and rapidly gain weight.

Lean Protein Chicken, turkey, lean beef, lean pork (avoid hamburger and most pork products).

Your body works harder to break down the protein in meat than it does carbohydrates or fats.

Good Fats Fish (Tuna, Salmon), Flax Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil

Works by increasing the Omega-3 fatty acids, which can decrease the hormone leptin.

Leptin influences metabolism. Increased Leptin can trigger your metabolism to slow down.

Metabolic Herbs and Spices Spicy peppers like Jalapeno, Habanero and Cayenne contain Capsaicin

Capsaicin works by speeding up your heart rate.

A single spicy meal may boost your metabolism by 25% last for as long as 3 hours and may help you burn hundreds of extra calories. (Don’t go to a Mexican restaurant and expect to get skinny. Many Mexican dishes especially in restaurants are high in fat).

Caffeine

Works by speeding up your heart rate.

Green Tea (The active ingredient is called EGCG)

Revs up your brain and nervous system.

Cocoa

A blend of ingredients thought to make you feel good and raise metabolism

Kicken Coffee Recipe One cup of coffee One heaping spoon of baking cocoa mixed in (If you are brave a few dashes of hot sauce will put you over the top) Sweeten to taste (remember to limit sugars for maximum weight loss)

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