Metabolism. We talk about it all the time.
You know that it’s related to your weight. But do you know what it really is?
More importantly, do you know how to fix it?
Metabolism is the body process that takes care of making sure our body has the fuel it needs to run.
Turning food into energy is a complex process that combines the calories in our food with oxygen, and we all do that at our own individual rate, based on a few different factors.
- how much we weigh
- how much muscle we have
- whether we’re male or female
- how old we are
We burn calories by doing more than going to the gym and exercising.
Everything that we do requires energy, from breathing and sleeping to healing wounds and generating new cells.
The energy required just to operate our bodies and keep us alive is our base metabolic rate. It’s the number of calories we burn just sitting around or sleeping.
Beyond our base metabolic rate, we burn calories in two other ways.
The first one is exercise. The more physical activity we demand of ourselves, the more calories we burn.
The second is when we digest the food that we eat.
Though you might think that digesting food is a pretty stable way of burning calories, you can actually burn more calories eating some foods than others.
There are also foods that can help to boost your metabolism.
4 Foods to Boost Your Metabolism Now
Amazingly, there are some foods that speed up your metabolism. They do this by changing the reaction that takes place when oxygen acts with the calories you take in.
Imagine, just by eating specific foods you can help yourself lose weight!
4 of my favorite fat-burning foods
Include each of these in your diet and reach your weight loss goals that much faster!
We’ve all heard of the grapefruit diet. But did you know why it worked for so many people?
It turns out that grapefruit contains an antioxidant called “naringenin.” It helps to keep your blood sugar in check and use insulin more efficiently.
A study that had obese people eating half a fresh grapefruit before meals found they experienced greater weight loss than people who did not eat grapefruit.
Cinnamon is a spice that adds great taste and smells to our foods, but did you know that it also can help you burn fat faster?
Cinnamon is very effective at fighting metabolic syndrome.
It lowers blood sugar levels, which means excess sugar isn’t stored as fat. At the same time, it helps process carbs more efficiently.
3. Dark Chocolate
Every time we look at dark chocolate, we find something else to cheer about!
This time it’s the caffeine in the chocolate that has been shown to boost metabolism by between 5 and 8% per day.
Dark chocolate contains catechins, which raise resting metabolism by about 4%.Tweet
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar of all types lower blood sugar levels. It also slows the speed at which we absorb carbohydrates. Just make sure you buy the kind that contains “the mother.“
Yours in health and happiness,
P.S. Help me spread the word about these fat burning foods by sharing this article with your friends and I always love to hear from you in the comments below. How many of these foods are in your kitchen right now?