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Can Foods Increase Metabolism?

Can Foods Increase Metabolism?

By Elena Mauceri

Many foods increase metabolism, and that’s great news. Why? Because you can eat delicious foods AND boost your metabolism at the same time!

The following foods increase metabolism by raising your body temperature. The scientific name for this is “thermogenic” (“therm” means heat, and “-genic” means to create). Some studies show that these foods triple your body’s ability to burn calories for fuel instead of storing them for fat! That’s pretty impressive.

Here are the most well-known foods that increase metabolism.

Cayenne Pepper

This spicy pepper is used in many Mexican dishes, but you can incorporate it into just about any recipe. Its most common form is a powder.

It’s probably most obvious with cayenne pepper that spicy foods increase metabolism by raising your body temperature. So here’s a tip: just use a pinch to achieve its metabolism-boosting benefit, and to ensure that you don’t make your recipe TOO spicy! I use a pinch in my deviled eggs, add it to salsa, and I’ve even made a spicy chocolate sauce for duck that uses cayenne pepper.

Get creative, and you’ll find that this spice adds nice “heat” to many recipes.

Ginger

Ginger provides another way that spicy foods increase metabolism. It is used in a lot of Asian recipes, but I use it in most of my baking recipes, as well as smoothies and fruit recipes. It adds a nice zing to many recipes.

You can use ginger in its fresh (root) form or in powder form. You can find the fresh root in the produce section of your grocery store. Always peel it before you use it. Just break off a 1 to 2-inch piece, and use a paring knife or peeler to remove the skin. Then you can either grate it or slice it. If you grate it, try adding it to smoothies or salad dressings.

Cinnamon

This spice can be used in just about anything sweet, but it also adds an exotic flavor to savory recipes.

Recent studies have shown that cinnamon helps to control insulin levels, which directly affects whether your body stores or burns fat.

You can be quite creative with this spice, and you’ll find that you’re adding it to everything! Try putting about 1/2 a teaspoon in your coffee grounds before you brew the coffee. Sprinkle it over ice cream, or over your toast. I create a mix of cinnamon and stevia powder and use that for my toast and lots of other sweet treats.

Foods that Increase Metabolism by Detoxing

There are also other foods that increase metabolism by cleansing toxins from your body. A detox diet will accomplish this very well. In a detox diet, you will eat primarily vegetables, plus certain fruits and herbs that encourage the elimination of toxins.

By cleansing your body of toxins, you allow your natural metabolism to return to its proper level.

Most detox programs last for several weeks (some even longer!), which makes it difficult to stick with the program that long. The ideal length for a detox is about a week. Most people can stick with a restricted diet for that long.

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Ways to Increase Metabolism

Ways to Increase Metabolism

By Andrew Bicknell

The most misunderstood part of any weight loss routine is how the body’s metabolism is often the most crucial factor when it comes to losing excess weight. The human body needs energy to produce energy in order to function properly. This energy is taken in when we eat with the energy coming from calories contained in the food. This caloric energy is then metabolized by the body’s cells and either burned through the daily functions of the body or stored away as fat for future use. The thing to remember is that the body uses an outside energy source, calories from food, to create the energy the body needs everyday. During this process the body also uses energy to create more energy. This is metabolism.

There are several ways to increase metabolism by creating a greater need for the body to burn more calories. Probably the most easiest and well known is to simply exercise more. Weight training and aerobic exercise increases the demand for more calories simply because the body is using more energy not only during the work out but also post work out.

Building a stronger cardiovascular system with aerobic exercise and adding lean muscle mass with weight training will go along ways towards an increase in metabolism. Not only does lean muscle require more calories even at rest it also helps to increase enzymes in your body that burn fat. Because of the need for a fit body to consume more calories to maintain its current condition there really is no better way to increase your metabolism then through exercise.

One of the misunderstood ways to raise metabolism is through diet. The vast majority of people who go on ‘Diets’? cut way back on their food intake and therefore greatly decrease the amount of calories they consume. What they don’t realize when they do this is that the body reacts to this decrease in calories by slowing its metabolism in order to conserve its energy stores, in this case fat.

It’s the type and amount of calories that are the culprit in most excess weight situations. By cutting calories the body isn’t getting the energy or nutrition it needs. The key is to eat complex carbohydrates such as are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads. It takes more energy for the body to digest and process the calories and nutrients from healthy food then from the more processed and refined foods found on supermarket shelves today. In fact processed foods and refined sugars are the big culprits in the weight gain epidemic found across the country today.

As you can see the way to increase our metabolism is through diet and exercise. Metabolism is our body’s engine. The better we take care of that engine through exercise and proper diet the better our metabolism will run, keeping us lean, healthy and looking good.

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