Welcome to the new year of 2017. A lot of people are happy that 2016 is finally over because it seemed like such a bad year for them. I personally do not think it was that bad of a year, at least it was not bad for me.
That said, there is always room for improvement. And that is why people set New Year’s resolutions for themselves.
And one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that I am sure that a lot of you reading this have set for yourselves is to lose weight. Especially all of the weight that you all packed on during the holiday season. Don’t feel bad – I ate more than I should have as well, so I have some work to do in 2017.
One thing you should know as you browse through articles like this to help you develop your weight loss plan is that many of them just want your money. They will try to sell you some exotic diet so that you purchase some special supplement or book from them. Do not fall for those. Losing weight is not easy, but that is not because of its complexity.
The main difficulty when it comes to losing weight is sticking to your plan. Commitment is the issue – not the lack of methods to lose weight. There are plenty of things you can do that actually help you lose weight; it is just up to you to stay true to those plans until the end so that you can actually see results.
You may not even have to change your lifestyle habits that much. I know plenty of people that partake in unhealthy activities like heavy drinking and smoking, and yet, they are as fit as a whistle. That is because they get ample exercise and eat foods that help to speed up their metabolism. And that is all you have to do as well.
It does not have to involve a drastic change in your daily routine. Just sub out some unhealthy worthless foods that slow down your metabolism for healthy foods that speed it up. And squeeze in about a half hour to an hour of exercise in your daily routine.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are a surefire way to maintain a healthy metabolism – allowing you to stay fit even if you have go to the bar and get drunk one night a week.
Let’s dig into a great list of metabolism boosting foods!
Avocado is a terrific fruit for metabolism acceleration. This food has incredibly potent anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its oleic acid content. And there is a direct correlation between inflammation and metabolism. A reduction of inflammation means a hike in your metabolism.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. At least that is what I used to be told as a child. And it seems like that little rhyme rings true. A Brazilian university conducted a study on the effects that consuming apples has on one’s metabolism and the findings were incredible.
It turns out that one apple is not enough to keep the doctor away, but rather three. That is right – the study found that consuming three apples a day gives your metabolism a huge boost. This is most likely due to the pectin that is in apples. Pectin is a kind of fiber that keeps your cells from taking in too much fat from the foods you consume.
Various kinds of berries contain chemicals called anthocyanins. These chemicals give berries metabolism boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. My personal favorites are strawberries and raspberries.
If you shop around the weight loss supplement market, you will see some of the most effective supplements have a truckload of B vitamins in their make-up. This is because B vitamins are potent metabolism boosters. But, guess what? You do not even have to buy expensive supplements to reap the benefits of these B vitamins. Asparagus is very rich in B vitamins, so eat asparagus instead. It goes very well with steak.
The strong smell of garlic should not turn you off from this healthy food. It has metabolism boosting, cholesterol reducing, and blood pressure reducing properties. Incredibly healthy!
I can hear some of the younger readers groaning at the sight of the word broccoli. It might have an unattractive smell and a taste that needs some getting used to, but consuming it is worth it in the end. Why? Broccoli is high in the aforementioned B vitamins, as well as vitamin C. On top of that, broccoli is rich in fiber and water, which work in tandem to improve your metabolism and digestion of foods. That is not all.
Broccoli contains something known as DIM which is super beneficial in rising your body’s levels of testosterone, which will help decrease the amount of body fat that can build up. You are really missing out if you end up giving the broccoli on your dinner plate to the family dog.
Cabbage is also rich in those very helpful B vitamins, which makes it an excellent choice for those looking to boost their metabolism. In addition to that, you can ferment cabbage to make sauerkraut, which provides your body with some much-needed probiotics.
Lemon is really good for your metabolism and you do not even have to consume much to get those benefits. All it takes is a single squeeze of lemon into your water. And what benefits will you reap? How does a 10 percent reduction in blood sugar levels sound?
On top of that, lemon significantly lowers the amount of sugars and carbs consumed that the body keeps as fat. This means more sugars and carbs will be metabolized and you will lose weight.
One of the better tasting foods on this list is the delicious pineapple. And not only is it delicious, but it is very good for you, which is quite a rarity these days. Pineapple has blood pressure reducing and metabolism boosting properties thanks to the high amount of bromelain in pineapples. Bromelain is an enzyme that is a potent digestive agent that speeds up digestion and metabolism.
I absolutely love celery. It is probably the only vegetable that I ate as a kid and one that I still eat to this day. And it is not because it is all that delectable like pineapple. I mean, the taste is fine but celery does not really have a taste to speak of. It is not a particularly exciting snack that one can look forward to, as well. However, what makes celery truly amazing is that it is known as a thermogenic.
What does this mean? Basically, you end up burning through a higher amount of calories exerting the energy to chew up and digest celery than the amount of calories in the celery. Maybe you can spruce it up with some natural peanut butter or humus dip.
Metabolism Boosting Foods Conclusion
There you have it. Add any of these foods to your diet so that you can speed up your metabolism. Make sure to start following an effective regimen as well so that you can achieve your resolution to lose weight.