Proper nutrition is essential to getting in great shape. Here are 5 foods that will help boost your metabolism so you can burn fat faster!
Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down). Fuel is a perfect lean protein!
Green Tea contains EGCG which boost metabolism. One cup also packs 35% of your daily iron needs. Studies show 20% of the population is iron deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metabolism slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently. Add in a few cups of green tea to your daily routine, hot or ices does the job!
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers. Add as much cayenne or hot sauce as possible to soups, eggs, and meats. Whip up a batch of salsa and use it as a healthy condiment!
Virgin Coconut oil
Virgin coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids -- fats that, when consumed, have been shown to inhibit fat deposition through increased thermogenesis and fat burning.
Medium-Chain Fatty acids like those in virgin coconut oil are not used by the body like fats, but rather like carbohydrates. This means that medium-chain fatty acids do not circulate freely in the blood or get stored away to add to body weight. Instead, they are sent to the liver where they are immediately converted to energy. When consumed they have been shown to inhibit fat deposition through increased thermogenesis.
Start with 1 tbs a day and work up to 3 TBSP. Try stirring it into your coffee, adding to your shakes, on toast, and/or in your baking.
Consuming ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract. It also helps in expanding the blood vessels which increases your body heat. This makes your body burn more fat. I recommend a cup of ginger tea with a squeeze of lemon first thing in the morning and adding grated ginger to your salad dressings for a little extra zing!