Our metabolisms are the engines that help us process food, burn calories and fat. And, just like
an engine, the right fuel is the way to get our bodies to peak performance. Contrary to common beliefs, eating less can slow down your metabolism. On the other hand, eating more frequently – especially focusing on certain foods – can help you achieve a faster metabolic rate. This improves your body’s fat-burning capacity and helps you get in shape.
Here are a few ways to add a little extra ‘octane’ to your metabolism:
• Egg Whites
For a perfect start to the day, have an egg white omelette for breakfast. Nutritionists say that egg whites are packed with branched-chain amino acids, which keep your metabolism on fire through the day.
• Hot Peppers
Eating spicy foods may prevent overeating. But there’s another reason to add hot peppers or jalapenos to your food. They contain a chemical called capsaicin which boosts metabolism. Capsaicin makes your hormones alert, increases your heart rate and prompts your body to burn calories faster. Nutritionists recommend adding a tablespoon of chopped chili peppers to your meal daily.
• Green Tea
Three to five cups of green tea a day can help keep fat away. This beverage contains bioactive substances like caffeine and epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG), which have been proven to substantially increase metabolic rate. Research reveals that green tea increases your metabolism by four percent over 24 hours and makes you burn an extra 70 calories.
Coffee boosts the metabolic rate. Studies have suggested that a cup of coffee increases your total calorie burn by 75 to 110 calories per day. A study found that caffeinated coffee consumers had an average metabolic rate that was 16 percent higher than those who drank decaf. Moreover, caffeine boosts energy and consuming it as a pre-workout food will rev you up and help burn more calories.
- Food & Nutrition