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10 Natural Foods To Speed The Metabolism Faster Than It Can Store Fat!
When we talk about the metabolism of the body, we are actually using a term to describe the chemical reaction that involves the maintenance of the cells of an organism. In short, think of your metabolism like a kitchen sink. Once you dump food and water into the sink, the size (or clarity) of the drain determines how fast the sink will drain. A small or plugged drain will cause food and water to overflow, or in the case of your body, to store the “overflow” as fat.
We all know people who eat just about anything and everything and never gain a pound. These people often have faster metabolisms. Their bodies use the energy from the food they eat quickly, disposing of it before it can be stored as fat.
Unfortunately, we also know people who only need to smell a donut to gain weight. Or at least it seems that way! These people have very slow metabolisms.
However, there are foods that can actually increase your metabolism. This way, your body will burn off additional calories before it can store them as fat!
Let’s take a look at these foods so you can start adding them to your diet!
Although grapefruit can be a bit sour, what it does for your body is amazing! Not only does the fiber in grapefruit keep you feeling full, but it is also well known for increasing your metabolism. Why do you think that every diet plan in the world includes at least some grapefruit? This fruit also helps the body break down stored fat. Try eating just a half of a pink grapefruit with breakfast each morning for some super fat burning power! Please be aware that grapefruit can interfere with many prescription medications. Please speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any medications before adding grapefruit to your diet.
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Who doesn’t love the rich, creamy taste of avocados? Avocadoes are full of fat, but it’s the healthy kind that is good for the body. This high fat content will leave you feeling full and satisfied while giving the body plenty of fiber and protein. Add it to your sandwich and skip the mayo, eat some guacamole, or slice some up in a salad. This is a tasty and easy way to boost the metabolism!
3. High Fiber Cereals
We don’t mean those chocolate flavored kids’ cereals or the one with the toucan bird or tiger on the box – we mean high fiber cereals such as Shredded Wheat. These kinds of whole grain cereals have been proven in study after study to increase the metabolism of the body all day! You will feel fuller for a longer period of time due to high fiber levels that the body digests slowly. High fiber diets are also known to keep insulin levels stable and prevent fat from being stored, especially around the midsection!
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4. Green Tea
OK, so we said food, not beverages, but green tea is such a powerful metabolism booster, we couldn’t leave it out! Green tea is often sold as a “dieter’s tea” because studies have shown that it increases the burning of fat through fat oxidation by at least 17 percent! Don’t bother with the junk sold in bottles and cans. Brew it fresh at home and take it with you for optimum fat-burning power!
If you like things hot and spicy, then this is the perfect choice for you! Even if you aren’t a fan of hot food, you can add just a touch to spice things up and speed up your metabolism at the same time. If you remove the seeds from peppers, you remove a great deal of the heat. Add some jalapenos to your eggs, soup — even just a bit of diced peppers to your sandwich or salad will help you to burn more calories all day long!
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Salmon is perhaps the ultimate crowd favorite. It is loaded with super beneficial oils, omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a huge amount of nutrients. To top it all off, it tastes great! Salmon causes your body to burn more calories because it naturally lowers leptin hormone levels, which are one of the causes of weight gain, especially around the abdomen. Give your hair and skin a beautiful glow, make your heart happy, and improve your metabolism all at the same time by simply ordering the salmon for lunch!
Although all berries are super beneficial to the body, raspberries are the cream of the berry crop. These little red jewels are overflowing with fiber for next to no calories! Add them to salads, snack on them right out of the bag, or throw a handful into your next yogurt for some healthy fiber and a higher metabolism that can’t be beat!
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Besides being loaded with fiber, oranges are good source of vitamin C, which helps the body to metabolize fat faster! Vitamin C also improves the immune system and is vital for building new skin tissue. Try eating an orange for an afternoon snack and feel more energized!
9. Lean, Organic Meat
Lean, grass-fed, organic meats are a great way to support a speedy metabolism. Meat takes the body longer to digest than other foods, which means that they make the body use more energy. We don’t mean scarfing down hamburgers, we mean eating organic chicken breasts, lean cuts of grass fed beef and lean cuts of organic pork. Add four ounces of lean meat to your daily diet and feel the burn, baby!
If you are not already using garlic as a regular part of your cooking, then now is the time to start! Garlic has a super long history of health benefits, such as improving heart function and boosting the immune system, but it also helps the body to shed fat and maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that more calories are burned after eating a meal with garlic than when the meal does not contain garlic. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Simply add organic garlic to your meals and burn more calories!
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Mother Nature knew exactly what she was doing when she designed foods for us to eat. We can stay healthy and naturally slim simply by eating the foods she gave us! Enjoy!