If there is one thing that everyone could agree on it's how we all wish it was a way to burn extra calories without extra effort. Could that even be possible? Surprisingly the answer is yes! And actually, the secret is found right in your kitchen. There are foods that can ignite your metabolism to help burn up calories without you even setting foot in the gym!
All day your body is working away, keeping your heart, lungs, kidneys, and every other process in your body going. This is your metabolism keeping you alive by converting calories from food into energy. Some of the calories in food that you ingest will be used to digest, absorb, and metabolize the rest of the food, some will be burned off as heat. This process is called diet-induced thermogenesis (aka thermic effect of food)
Basically the energy (calories) your body uses in order to digest and process certain foods will result in the net calories actually being less than the amount contained in the food.
Certain foods have a high thermic effect. They fuel your internal furnace just by going through the digestive process.
Check out these 5 foods that will help your metabolism burn more quickly:
Jalapeños, habañeros, and cayennes don't just add flavor—thanks to a chemical called capsaicin, these veggies amp up your calorie burn too. "Research shows that a spicy meal can increase your metabolism by up to 25 percent for three hours after you've eaten it," says Morgan. Torch extra calories tonight with this vegetarian chili recipe.
Not only is fish a great source of protein, but it is also packed full of omega-3 fatty acids which stimulate the production of leptin, a hormone that increases feelings of fullness (so you stop eating sooner). Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to decreasing inflammation and lowering the risk of heart disease. According to US News, some of the best fish to consume are salmon, sardines, arctic char, rainbow trout, and albacore tuna
Chicken and fish usually get all the glory when it comes to weight loss, but lean beef should have a place on your diet too. Beef contains the amino acid leucine, which helps you maintain more muscle as you lose weight. And digesting protein uses more thermal-burn than carbs or fat (increasing your metabolism by a whopping 20 to 30 percent, compared to 5 to 10 percent for carbs, and a measly 5 percent for fat). In other words, if you eat 200 calories of high-protein food, your body will use 60 calories just to digest and process it! So your metabolism will still be on full throttle
Starting to incorporate some of these foods can increase your metabolic rate. There are also beverages like green tea and coffee that can give your metabolism a boost which can lead to better overall health.