We are not all blessed with a speedy metabolism, some of us have to work at it, and work hard! As well as living an active lifestyle with regular cardio work and strength training in your life, what you eat can play a massive part in helping to improve our metabolism.
Start adding these simple foods and drinks into your diet every day, and see what a difference they make for you.
As well as acting as a natural appetite suppressant, water is essential to your body in helping to metabolise fat. If fat stores are dehydrated from lack of water they are much less likely to be metabolised for energy, meaning your body has increased fat stores.
Around 2/3rds of your body weight is made up of water. If your body is dehydrated and deprived of water, how can you expect it to function properly? One role of the liver is to help metabolise fat for energy. If your kidneys are dehydrated they will not function effectively and the body will often recruit the liver to help with their important role. One of the liver’s roles is to help metabolise fat for energy; if it is being used to help with the function of the kidneys, then it goes without saying that it will not be performing its role of metabolising fat stores.
A good supply of water can in turn make kidneys and liver function effectively. The recommended 8 glasses of water, drunk steadily throughout the day will help your body and organs function to their full ability, keep your skin and hair healthy, keep you alert and energetic and remove waste and toxins from the body. And of course so importantly – help you to lose weight!
2. Green Tea:
Having originated in China, Green Tea is becoming more and more popular across the western world. With good reason; many studies have proven that Green Tea is not just high in polyphenos making it a good antioxidant, but it also helps to raise our metabolism.
Green tea does contain caffeine, so be careful to cut back on your regular coffee and black tea if you are introducing Green tea into your diet. So instead of grabbing your usual coffee as your first cuppa, why not grab the health benefits of Green tea instead?
Oats have such a great variety of benefits, making them the perfect breakfast food. The soluble fibre they contain may help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) without lowering your good cholesterol (HDL). The body takes a long time to break down these soluble fibres, which means that eating oats can help to prevent sharp rises in blood sugar that can often occur following a meal, and can speed up your metabolism as a result.
By oats we mean natural rolled oats – not the types that come with loads of added sugars and flavours – why turn a health breakfast into something that will just mess around with your blood sugar levels for the day and cause you to reach for sugary and salty snacks? Add clean and healthy ingredients to your morning oats instead (see our favourite breakfast oats recipes).
4. Spices and Peppers:
The capsaicin content in chillies such as Jalapenos and cayenne help speed your heart rate, circulation and metabolism up, meaning you can carry on burning calories hours after you have eaten them.
As well as being versatile and delicious, Cinnamon helps to metabolise sugars and keep blood sugar levels steady. We love to add some to our morning porridge, pancakes or tea.
Fruits high in Vitmain C such as grapefruit can help lower blood sugar levels in the body, (high levels of blood sugar can cause your body to store fat). High vitamin C levels have also been shown to reduce harmful LDL cholesterol.
Grapefruit is high in fibre so your body has to work harder and burn more calories to digest. So why not try incorporating this powerful fruit into your daily diet.