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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Best Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism!

Metabolism gets blamed when people put on weight or have trouble losing weight, but you can learn how to speed up your metabolism. Increasing your metabolism can help you burn calories, replace fat with muscle and give you more energy.
Remember the days when your metabolism was like a caffeinated mouse in a wheel? If you aren’t one of those lucky girls who can eat whatever she wants and burn it off thanks to an annoyingly fast metabolism, look to these helpful foods to boost your metabolism.

  • Grapefruit
This diet super fruit lowers the insulin levels in your body that trigger your system to store fat. Plus, it is rich in fiber, and your body must burn extra calories in order to break it down.
  • Green Tea
Green tea is the main source of epigallocatechin gallate, known better as EGCG. This healthy catechin speeds up your brain and nervous system, causing your body to burn more calories.
  • Yogurt
The high levels of protein present in natural yogurt require a lot of energy to be processed. Plus, the probiotic cultures found in yogurt help regulate your digestive tract.
  • Almonds
Almonds’ essential fatty acids help raise your body’s metabolism. Just don’t overdo it because they’re also very high in calories.
  • Coffee
Coffee has caffeine, which does give you a boost. Just ensure that you don’t exceed 2 or 3 cups a day, or you risk a host of side effects, including irritability and jitters.
  • Apples
Like grapefruit, this low-calorie snack is high in fiber, which your body must burn calories to break down. Plus, since apples help you stay full for longer, you’ll eat less.
  • Spinach
Spinach can help make you strong and healthy. In addition to speeding up your metabolism, it’s a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamin C.

  • Beans
Low in fat and packed with protein, beans keep you full for long durations, and your body must burn extra calories in order to process this fiber-rich food.
  • Jalapenos
The capcaisin found in jalapenos causes your body to burn extra calories for hours after you ingest them, speeding up both your heart rate and metabolism.
  • Soy Milk
Fortified soy milk is loaded with calcium, which helps boost your metabolism. Just stay away from the sweetened varieties.
  • Curry
Like jalapenos, curry increases the amount of calories your body burns and speeds up your metabolism.
  • Cinnamon
I just love cinnamon. A little bit of cinnamon can go a long way. Add some zing to your daily cup of tea with this tasty spice to help your body metabolize sugars more effectively and maintain steadier blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help lower your cholesterol.

More Tips:
  1. Never ever skip meals, espesially breakfast
  2. Don't starve yourself  because the body will automatically register that it needs to switch to survival mode. The metabolism will adjust, slow down and fat will accumulate to be used to survive when no food is available.
  3. Drink plenty of iced water
  4. Get plenty of sleep
  5. After lunch and dinner, take a brief walk ( 20-30 mins)
  6. Tone your muscle with weight training  at least 3 times a week
  7. Eat more protein. Protein requires the most energy to digest.It is also less likely to be stored as fat because of this it will also help you to build up your muscle.

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