Food and eating use to be so simple! When I was a child, I never thought about calories, metabolism, carbs, or protein. I just ate what was put in front of me. As I got older and could make choices, I was mindful of taste more than anything. Then as time went on (and my weight increased), I realized there are a lot of great resources available on the health and nutritional aspects of food. I learned that some foods have a high thermogenic effect essentially enabling you to burn calories while chewing. Other foods have nutrients and minerals that fuel metabolic energy.
Protein has a high thermogenic effect where you’ll burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion. Proteins require a higher expenditure of energy because they are more complex to digest and also require more energy to be stored as fats. Fish and poultry are good sources of protein and healthy fats.
Eating citrus fruits, or other Vitamin C rich fruits is a great way to reduce fat. Vitamin C is a vital chemical used by the body in the process of fat metabolism.
Citrus fruits provide the body with easy energy to spike metabolism while also supplying a rich amount of nutrients for the body.
Did you know that our bodies burn twice as many calories breaking down whole foods than processed foods? Whole foods are essentially foods in their natural state. Over the years I’ve read many articles on why processed (or manufactured) foods are considered harmful because of added sugars and artificial ingredients. Eating whole foods, such as whole grain, brown rice and oatmeal are better options.
Low-fat dairy products
Low-fat dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D. Both calcium and vitamin D help to preserve and build muscle mass, which is essential for maintaining a strong metabolism.
Green tea contains a compound called EGCG that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. Grab a cup and enjoy!
Ok, so technically this is not a food because it has no calories. However, it is certainly worth mentioning because it helps improve over-all metabolism in the body that facilitates fat burning. So, drink up! Remember, the recommendation is to drink eight 8 oz glasses each day.
Interested in learning more? Then check out the New York Times Bestseller The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight
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