Everyone is looking for foods that increase the metabolism since we all know that the higher our metabolism is, the faster we burn calories and the easier it is for us to lose weight or avoid weight gain.
The only problem is that there is a great deal of misinformation around the subject of metabolism boosting foods. So much so, in fact, that it is difficult to separate fact from fiction.
Here are some clarifications which it is best to make:
Negative calorie foods -
These are foods which contain a very low amount of calories and are hard for the body to digest (usually because they contain a lot of fiber). The result is that when you eat them, your body uses more calories in the digestive process than these foods actually contain creating a calorie deficit which is actually beneficial to weight loss. Now many of the so called “experts" proclaim that these foods actually increase the metabolism, something which is completely false. These foods may create a temporary calorie deficit, but if you don't eat them again the next day, your metabolic levels will not increase.
A research showed that eating a good dose of protein may cause the body to burn an extra 200 calories or so per day. This is due to the fact that the Amino acids in protein are hard for the body to digest, causing it to expand more energy. However, this is again a temporary increase. This doesn't speed up the metabolism permanently.
Spicy - Spicy foods can create a temporary spike in the levels of calorie burning. Again, this is a short effect.
The best course of action to increase your metabolism is the following:
1. Eat a hearty breakfast - This causes the body to start the day right after it had been deprived of food all night long.
2. Eat throughout the day - nibbling and grazing throughout the day keeps our metabolism at a steady level. It is better to eat many small meals than 3 big ones. Whatever food you eat, your metabolism will increase in this way.
3. Do weight training and cardio workouts - the more muscle tissue you have the more calories you burn each day, even when you're resting. This is a more permanent metabolic increase than any food can give you.
4. Above all, don't skip meals or starve yourself as this will cause your metabolism to plummet.
Overall, the key to a high metabolism is maintaining a healthy diet and exercising.
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