Have you ever heard someone say “ I’m trying to lose weight. I need to eat for my metabolism ”?
If you are among those people who are trying to lose weight and decide on “dieting,“ which includes draconian calories of fat restriction, as well as exercising, you should know that dieting isn’t the answer.
“The diet industry is making a lot of money selling us fad diets, nonfat foods full of chemicals, gym memberships, and pills while we lose a piece of our self-esteem every time we fail another diet or neglect to use the gym membership we could barely afford.” ~ Portia de Rossi, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
As Ms. de Rossi touches on in the above quote, gyms aren’t much better. “Just sign here, pay the $100 monthly fee and get your two free training sessions!” As if personal training is a feasible solution to fitness to anyone else besides the handsomely rich.
Yoni Freedhoff, MD, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa and contributor to the U.S. News & World Report, says:
“I believe that 95 percent of diets fail people … For at least the past 100 years (and likely many more), dieting has been synonymous with suffering. It’s been “die” with a “t,” where adherents to diets have been instructed to either suffer through hunger and cultivate the skill of white-knuckled willpower, or to consider food to simply be fuel and deny themselves either the dietary indulgences they love the most or eliminate entire food groups.”
EATING TO LOSE WEIGHT
Dr. Freedhoff, naturally, is an enthusiastic supporter of eating to lose weight. Just as millions of other physicians who specialize in nutrition and health, he comprehends the vital importance of including foods that stimulate the metabolism.
HERE ARE 8 SUCH FOODS THAT PUT YOUR METABOLISM INTO FAT-BURNING MODE:
1. CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. Apart from being excellent for both heart and brain health, omega-3 affect fat-burning hormone, leptin and thus regulate metabolic rate.
2. EGG WHITES
Egg white, like chia seeds, are packed with concentrated amounts of fatty acids. Also, eggs whites contain branched-chain amino acids, which get your metabolism revved up. Finally, egg whites are rich in protein – and that’s always good for fat-burning!
3. CHILI PEPPERS
Chili peppers , just add a mere tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to your meals throughout the day and it’s enough for you to obtain their fat-burning benefits.
4. WHOLE GRAINS
Unlike processed grains (e.g., white bread and pasta), whole grains take time to break down. This extra digestive effort involves a higher metabolic rate and, you guessed it, this additional effort burns more calories. Foods rich in fiber, such as brown rice and oatmeal, are considered extremely efficient.
This Indian specialty contains few remarkable benefits. The reason for its nutritional diversity is that curry contains a wide range of different spices – all of which provide properties that help burn calories. Among these are ginger and turmeric.
6. GREEN TEA
Green tea supplements are commonly used for weight loss, but fresh tea can also provide you with the same benefits. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims green tea-extract boosts metabolic rate by as much as 4 percent.
According certain studies cocoa is the best ally in the fight against weight gain by reducing the absorption of calories. In addition to this, extracts of cocoa activate the genes related to fat-burning. Dark chocolate that contains over 70 percent cocoa (sometimes spelled ‘cacao’) is best.
And, of course, metabolism-boosting article wouldn’t be completed without mentioning water. H2O prevents dehydration, which slows down metabolism; it also stimulates proper digestive function – which is of vital importance in losing weight process. It’s best to drink water cold, as this forces your body to use more calories for digestion.