If you’ve been reading my blog for long — you know I don’t stress diets. I want to encourage you to lose weight by adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes eating right and exercising.
One of the healthiest ways to lose weight is simply burning off the fat by keeping your metabolism in high gear. This also helps you feel energized. You can’t sit around the house feeling depressed and moody when you’re metabolism is saying, “Let’s move!”
Today I’m going to tell you about seven foods that are good metabolism boosters. Eating these foods will help you burn off the excess calories and drop those annoying pounds quicker. Plus, it will keep you from putting weight back on after you’ve gotten down to your ideal weight goal.
Here are seven of my personal favorites:
Artichokes – This tasty vegetable can be steamed and drizzled with just a little oil. You’ll get 10 grams of protein and 16 grams of fiber in one medium size artichoke. It also has the perfect amount of calories to increase your metabolism and burn off fat.
Vinegar – Not only does this help increase your metabolism rate but it can also increase your sensitivity to insulin and slows the rise of your sugar level. Drinking a glass of water with one to two tablespoons of vinegar before meals can help boost metabolism and suppress your appetite. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is considered the best.
Seaweed – No I’m not kidding. Seaweed is not only edible but it’s great for getting your metabolism moving. This is used in many forms of sushi but can also be used in a salad, sautéed, in a smoothie, added to a soup, or even sprinkled on fish for flavor. Some people enjoy making tea with kombu seaweed. There are several different kinds of seaweed but most contain a wealth of minerals and vitamins along with boosting your metabolism and burning fat.
Oolong Tea – Forget the coffee and drink some oolong tea instead. It boosts your metabolism without the negative effects of caffeine.
Cinnamon – Eat a teaspoon of cinnamon 20 minutes before meals to get your metabolism going strong. Studies have shown that cinnamon also lowers your blood sugar and keep your glucoses levels stable. You can eat a spoonful of it or add it to foods like sweet potatoes or oatmeal to add flavor.
Cayenne pepper – Adding spice to foods will help you feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food. Cayenne pepper also contains capsaicin which helps burn calories for at least 20 to 30 minutes are eating.
Ginger – This is another spice that will kick start your metabolism up to 20%. It also aids in digestion. It’s good in stir fry but many people like to add a little to a smoothie.
By adding these seven foods to your diet you can feel full and burn off those extra calories faster. Plus, you won’t feel deprived or hungry. These foods lift your mood and keep you feeling energized through-out the day.