Your metabolism is the process by which your body breaks down food into energy. People with a ‘fast’ metabolism break down food into fuel for muscle efficiently; meaning, they can eat as much as they want and won’t gain a pound. But then there are people who have a ‘slow’ metabolism, they don’t break down food as efficiently and store it as fat; meaning, they look at food and get fat!
If you are one of those people who have a ‘slow’ metabolism then eating these things will definitely help speed up your metabolism:
1. Green Tea
Green tea is known for its many benefits. It can help in preventing cancer and healing your lungs, but green tea is mostly known for helping with weight loss. Drinking green tea helps in burning calories and curbing your appetite, so have a cup before and after your meals!
Our body is 2/3rd water. Drinking 8 glasses of water or more will keep you hydrated and feeling full. Plus, going to the washroom more often will help keep your digestive system active. Going to the washroom often is a great thing! (In moderation of course, if it is excessive, please see a doctor.)
This boring breakfast food or meal that your grandparents love is very healthy for you. Yes, it may be bland and boring to eat but oatmeal is full of fiber which helps keep you full and takes a long time to digest. It is also high in Vitamin E, zinc and is a good source of protein. I suggest you find ways of making this appetising – how about oatmeal cookies?
Eating fish, or fish oil, can increase the number of fat burning enzymes in your body. It is also high in protein and contains omega 3 fatty acids which are healthy fats that don’t make you fat!
Nuts contain the most healthiest calories one can eat. They are high in Vitamin E and a good source of fiber, and are also high in protein and improve heart health.
If you want forearms like Popeye, spinach is the way to go. Spinach reduces the effects of age related declines in the brain function. It also provides more nutrients than any other food and helps in maintaining and improving brain health.
7. Daal / Lentils
Just plain daal, without rice of course, is an excellent source of protein. Daals are also high in fiber and iron which increase energy production making you more active and additionally boosting your metabolism.
Garlic is an antioxidant which improves your liver health and increases testosterone in your body giving you more energy – this in effect makes you more active!
Yes, everyone hates it. But broccoli is high in fiber and water, it keeps your body feeling full so you do not feel hungry throughout the day. So munch away. No excuses.
Eating beans will help you lose weight because they have a very positive effect on your metabolism and are slow digesting so will keep you full and healthy.
So next time you’re feeling a bit chubby or want to lose a few pounds, eat a few of these foods and watch the pounds melt away!