A healthy and beautiful body is something everyone desires, yet no everyone is willing to make the necessary changes that would lead to these results. But those who do, can surely confirm that not only that their body looked better and have lost those extra pounds, but they also felt much better and healthier.
Have a look at a list of foods that make a difference in the way your metabolism works.
Independent studies have shown that almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut; so almonds provide the most healthy calories and nutrition for the smallest serving size. One serving of almonds, or about a handful, is an excellent source of vitamin E and a good source of fiber. Additionally, almonds provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in fish and seafood, however they are also present in nuts and seeds, flax, and hemp seed oil.
Fish like salmon are an excellent source of omega-3s, and are also a great source of selenium, and a very good source of protein, niacin and vitamin B12, and a good source of phosphorous, magnesium and vitamin B6.
Studies have shown that eating hot peppers can speed up your metabolism by 25%.
In case eating spicy foods makes you sweat more than usual, this is due to capsaicin, a compound that stimulates pain receptors in the body. It increases blood circulation and metabolic rate, making your body burn fat faster.
Broccoli is an essential source of calcium, which accelerates your metabolism. It is also rich in vitamins C, K, and A.
One serving of broccoli will provide you with an important amount of folate and dietary fiber and a variety of antioxidants. It is one of the best detox foods you can add to your diet.
According to a number of studies soup consumption is linked with a lower risk of obesity. Researchers also conclude that people who start their meal with soup will consume less solid food when it comes to their main meal.
Lean meat is packed with iron. As it turns out, deficiencies in the mineral can slow metabolism. Eat three to four daily servings of iron-rich foods, such as chicken or fortified cereal.
The intake of grains and cereals is always recommended in a healthy diet. The secret is to choose whole grains — for example wheat, oatmeal, rice, and corn.
Whole grains have nutrients and complex carbohydrates that accelerate your metabolism by stabilizing insulin levels.
Coffee and green tea
According to multiple studies coffee and green tea speed up metabolism, while providing other health benefits, too, such as: they possess a great amount of antioxidants, help lower blood sugar level, help to burn more fat, and reduce the signs of cellulite.
Apples and pears
Apples and pears can be great allies when it comes to losing weight, not only because of their low caloric content but also because these two fruits can boost your metabolism. In fact, a study conducted at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, confirms that women who ate three apples or small pears a day lost more weight than those who did not.
Spices like black pepper, mustard seeds, garlic powder, and ginger can keep your metabolic rates high. And, it is proven fact that people who include spices into their diet can burn up to 1,000 more calories daily.
Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons also help to burn fat and keep your metabolism high. Also, being packed with vitamin C, citrus fruits regulate the level of insulin.
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