If you’ve ever tried losing weight you know it’s no easy task. Many people have tried using pills that boast about being able to burn-fat faster or increasing your metabolism. However, the best way to alter your lifestyle is through diet and physical activity. In this case, diet does not mean a strict regime that you impose on your body for a set period of time until you reach your weight goal. A diet is truly your everyday eating pattern and behaviors. Thus, opposed to consuming “fat-burning” pills, people can add certain foods to their diet that are known to increase metabolism and therefore burn fat faster.
The concept is actually quite simple. After eating, your body’s insulin levels usually increase (depending on what foods you eat). Some foods make your insulin levels spike up so high that it triggers the response to store fat. This is what you DON’T want! Aside from just the fact that storing fat is not ideal, when your body begins to store fat the metabolism is lowered and fewer calories are burned throughout the day. So, to counteract this natural body function it makes sense to eat foods that keep insulin levels low after eating and keep metabolism high.
These are the top foods known to boost metabolism and burn fat:
- Salmon – Given it’s richness in Omega-3 Amino Fatty Acids which cause increased metabolism, this meat option is great to increase fat burn.
- Green tea – The antioxidant present, known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) stimulates the brain and nervous system. As these systems are stimulated it causes the body to burn more fat as more energy is needed.
- Milk (preferably skim) – Contains a high amount of calcium which is known to increase metabolism and calories burned.
- Edamame-soy beans that are boiled and salted contain high amount of protein, Vitamin C, iron, and calcium. The combination of this super food helps to increase metabolism faster than other beans out there!
- Broccoli – a super food that doesn’t seem to get nearly as much attention as it’s worthy of. This vegetable is packed with many nutrients, including calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. Three of which, calcium, fiber, and Vit C, contribute to burning fat and increasing metabolism.
While it might sound odd that foods can actually help you burn calories and fat it is the truth. Your body is a complicated system fueled off of the type and amount of energy you intake. Eating fried salmon will not have the same effect as eating it baked, just as drinking green tea loaded with sugar is sure to have less health benefits than if had plain. These foods, if eaten correctly and in moderation, will help to increase your metabolism and the number of calories burned daily. However, it’s important to remember that diet is not the sole component to weight loss or management, physical activity is a key component to the success of your healthy lifestyle.