Can What You Eat Increase Your Metabolism?
Can what you eat increase your metabolism?
Now that is a question that has sparked numerous debates over the years, and continues to spark new debates every day.
Some camps believe no specific foods can increase your metabolism. While the opposite end of the spectrum believes that several different foods can rev up your body’s “fat burning furnace.”
To answer the question directly… YES, there are foods can increase your metabolism…
Foods That Are Proven to Increase Your Metabolism
The list of foods that have been proven to increase your metabolism is actually fairly large. And they play a very significant part in the epic saga that is your body’s metabolic system.
Here is a partial list of foods that can help increase your metabolism:
- • Grapefruit. Grapefruit contains an antioxidant called naringenin. And researchers from Scripps Clinic found that naringenin increases your body’s efficiency at using insulin, thus slightly boosting your metabolism.
- • Green tea. Green tea contains catechins that stimulate your body’s nervous system and increase your metabolism. Several studies have proven that people who consume green tea and exercise regularly burn more calories than those who only exercise.
- • Coffee. Studies have shown that the metabolic rate of people that consume caffeinated coffee is significantly higher that those that consume decaffeinated coffee.
- • Hot peppers. The capsaicin found in hot peppers like jalapenos and cayenne peppers can increase your metabolism by up to 25% over a three-hour span.
- • Rolled oats. Rolled oats require more energy to digest than other foods. As a result, they naturally increase your metabolism while being digested (plus, they also keep you full longer).
- • Water. Staying hydrated helps your body to burn calories more efficiently. Here’s a tip… Drink cold water and your body will burn extra calories just to bring the water up to your body temperature.
All of the foods above have been proven to burn extra calories and increase your metabolism. But consuming those foods alone is not the secret to maintaining a high metabolism.
The real “golden ticket” to burning fat as fast as possible is to keep your metabolism revved up over the course of the entire day while eating lower-glycemic carbohydrates.
The Key to Maintaining Momentum When You Increase Your Metabolism
Do you know what would happen if you were to suddenly stop eating?
Your body would shift into “survival mode,” saving as much energy as it possibly can. While in survival mode, your metabolism all but shuts down so your body can hold on to as many calories as possible.
Here’s the kicker…
A person’s body temporarily mimics that survival mode when its calorie intake is drastically decreased in a short amount of time. That means its metabolism slows down drastically, and the person’s body is not able to burn calories like it should.
Needless to say, that’s not an effective or healthy way of dieting.
Yet, that’s what so many people do when they decide they want to drop pounds as fast as possible… they drastically reduce the amount of calories they take in…
And then they wonder why they’re not seeing the results they expected.
The key to losing weight efficiently is to slightly decrease your body’s calorie intake while maintaining its natural metabolic rate.
Put in to layman’s terms…
Eat a sufficient amount of calories from calorie-rich resources (fruits and vegetables) via several smaller meals throughout the day.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to eat every 2-3 hours.
The longer you go between meals, the greater the risk that your metabolism will start to slow down. Once that occurs, your body has to fight to get it back up to speed. And the only way to do that is to eat more food.
But what happens when you introduce food to a body that has a lower metabolism? More of the food that enters will tend to get stored as fat.
It’s okay to slip up and not eat the right foods every now and then. But even when you “cheat” make sure you’re cheating every 2-3 hours.
Adding That Extra Boost to Increase Your Metabolism
I leave you with one last piece of advice to increase your metabolism and lose weight…
Lay off the high-glycemic carbs and embrace the low-glycemic carbs.
High-glycemic carbs like processed foods, sodas, and “white” foods promote a decreased metabolism. Where low-glycemic foods like vegetables, legumes, and whole grains will help you to increase your metabolism.
Most people will drop the high-glycemic foods when they start their diet, but they won’t replenish them with enough low-glycemic foods. The resulting calorie deficit again imitates “survival mode” and can kill your body’s metabolism.
So in addition to eating more frequently, also make sure you’re eating plenty of green vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to replace the calories lost from abandoning highly processed foods.
For more information on foods that can increase your metabolism please visit my friend, Karine Losier’s website MetabolicCooking.com
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