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What To Eat In Order To Increase Your Metabolism

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What To Eat In Order To Increase Your Metabolism

Losing weight can be hard work, but one way to make it a little easier is to boost your metabolism.   Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to be stuck with a ìslowî metabolism and there are little things you can do to help speed it up and, therefore, burn more calories during the day.

You’ve probably heard that one of those things is to build more muscle mass since it takes more energy to fuel muscle and fat and the way to do this is by beefing up your weightlifting program.  However, you can also help give your metabolism of boost by eating certain types of foods and making sure you eat several small meals a day.

Your metabolism is the furnace for your body and when you starve yourself by skipping breakfast or any other meal, it goes into conservation mode and burns less calories overall.  So, what you want to do is eat several small meals during the day which will keep your metabolism burning at a steady rate.  If you do this, plus watch what you eat, you’ll actually be able to eat more while burning more calories

The foods you want to stick to include fruits and vegetables along with legumes and whole grains.  You have to be careful with the fruits though because if you eat them in between meals your body will probably just turn them into fat as they are easy to digest.  Eating foods that are high in fiber will help you to lose weight and several ways because they are digested slowly and therefore reduce your sugar cravings.  High fiber foods will also actually encourage your body to absorb less fat because they bind with fat and help to escort it out of the body before your body can store it on your hips.

There are actually some foods that take more calories to digest than are actually in the food itself.  These are great foods for weight loss since eating lots of them will help to boost your metabolism and can go a long way to helping you burn more than you ingest.  Some of these foods include broccoli, zucchini, asparagus and cauliflower.

It’s best to avoid saturated fats because they are just too easy for your body to turn into fat.  In fact, for every 100 calories of fat you eat, your body only needs to use 2 calories to store it.  On the other hand, for every 100 calories of complex carbohydrates are proteins you eat, your body needs to use 25 calories to store it.  So, you can see why most diet plans have you reduce fat, it’s not just because fat has a lot of calories but also because  your body needs to burn less calories to process it.

Now there is one kind of fat that you do want to eat and that is omega-3 fatty acids.  These can be found in cold water fish like salmon as well as flax seeds.  Most people like to get their omega 3s from flax seed oil because almost all the salmon you find today is tainted with mercury and the flax seeds themselves need to be ground up in order to be useful so buying the oil is an easier and less toxic way to make sure you get enough of this important fat.

There are also some herbs and spices that can help boost your metabolism.  Ginseng and Gotu Kola are two of these and you’ve probably heard of ephedra which is actually a combination of herbs and is said to help boost metabolism.  In addition, a lot of the “hot” spices like ginger and cayenne pepper are said to speed up your metabolism when eaten.

Generally, eating a nutritious diet and making sure to eat steadily throughout the day will help give your metabolism a little boost which can make your weight loss efforts a lot easier.

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I am a husband, father of 2 girls (I was told that I was meant to be King)! I have been in the fitness industry since graduating from the University of Florida back in 97. I had the privilege to do an internship with the world renowned Dr. Cooper and the Cooper Aerobics Center. My initial start after graduating was as a personal trainer at a small private personal training studio in Orlando. After eight months, I moved to Dallas and worked as a personal trainer and manager for the Premier Athletic Club in Dallas. Since that time I have continued to work as a fitness professional in a variety of roles. Most recent is the development of America's # 1Lifestyle program for Working Moms called "Working Mom Workouts." I enjoy working with my clients and helping people reach their fitness goals.

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