According to the New York Daily News some foods speed up your metabolism which controls the body’s ability to burn fat. Of course the only way to permanently alter metabolism to gain or lose weight and build muscle but eating certain foods can give your metabolism a temporary lift and even help you lose weight over time
Calcium in dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt triggers metabolism. A study at the University of Tennessee found that dieters who consumed 1 200 to 1 500 milligrams of calcium a day lost up to twice as much weight as dieters who ate less calcium. Perhaps the old adage is true: milk actually does a good body
Complex carbohydrates found in foods such as grains berries and grains takes longer for the body to digest so you feel full longer. after eating them. This type of carb helps burn fat by keeping insulin low which in turn pumps up your metabolism. Contrastly simple carbohydrates —‘s sugary foods like candy and soda — can rocket your insulin levels send a message to your body that it needs to store more fat and slower metabolism.
Many breakfast foods contain complex carbohydrates (cereals oatmeal whole wheat toast or baguettes). A particularly good fat burner is oatmeal because it breaks down very slowly in the stomach. Eating every morning will also help the body burn more fat because it keeps insulin low encouraging faster calorie burn. A US Navy study showed that eating breakfast helped raise metabolism by 10 percent. Accordingly skip meals throughout the day slows your metabolism making your body store more fat.
Capsaicin the chemical that gives peppers their heat also speeds the heart rate and increases the metabolism. Eating a spicy meal a day can increase your metabolism as much as 25 percent a boost that will last for about three hours. Good examples of spicy morsels to try is jalapenos habaneros and cayenne pepper.
As spicy foods caffeine also speeds heart rate which makes the body burn more calories. But green tea also contains an important chemical called EGCG that allows the brain and nervous system to run more quickly which also helps you burn more calories. The combination of caffeine and at least 90 milligrams of EGCG three times a day can help you burn an extra 80 calories.
It takes more energy for the body to digest protein than carbohydrates or fats. So the more protein you eat the harder your body works to digest it it burns more calories. Researchers at Arizona State University found that people who ate a high-protein diet burned twice as many calories after eating than those who ate a high-carbohydrate diet. Good examples of protein sources are lean meats chicken pork fish and beans. One of the best sources of protein are turkey because it has the lowest number of calories per ounce some animal protein.
Besides being a great protein fish contains omega-3 fatty acids. These health fat alters the levels of the hormone leptin which determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat. A study by the Mayo Clinic compared two African tribes tribal members who consumed large amounts of fish had leptin levels five times lower than members of another tribe who mostly consumed vegetables. The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon tuna and sardines but if you do not like seafood fish oil supplements work just as well.