There is an obesity epidemic taking place not only in the United States, but virtually all of the developed world. As a matter of fact, there are more health-related issues stemming from obesity at this juncture than there is from malnutrition. In the United States, the average weight of men in the age range of 20-to-74-years-old has sky-rocketed from 166.3lbs in 1980 to 199lbs by the year 2001; by 2013, the numbers were virtually identical to 2001.
- Green Tea- For centuries, green tea was known by the ancients to be a medicinal beverage packed with healthful properties. Now science has also come to realize and verify its benefits, and this is thanks to the caffeine content in combination with a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallette (EGCG). Drink 4, six-ounce cups per day to boost the metabolism.
- Grapefruit- Aside from a quickly-passing fad in the 1980s, this fruit is relatively unknown within the realm of fat loss. Grapefruit is a powerful weight loss ally. By simply eating half a grapefruit before meals, studies have shown that individuals will lose 2 lbs or more over the course of 8 weeks. This is a loss of 12 lbs per year simply by ingesting a delicious fruit prior to meals.
- Cayenne Pepper- Cayenne pepper is an all-around super-food and one of the best metabolism boosters one can ingest. This is because of a naturally-occurring group of chemicals called capsaicinoids. Upon ingesting cayenne pepper, you will burn up to 10 extra calories per hour; that's 240 calories per day, 1,680 per month, and 20,160 per year. That's almost 6 lbs of calories every year. Along with a prolonged increase in metabolism, this hot chili pepper is a fantastic appetite suppressant.
- Blueberries- The blueberry, to put it quite simply, is one of the most powerful foods on the planet. The reasons as to why why it is good for weight loss is three-fold. For one, these berries are very high in fiber and low in calories; what this means is that they will make you feel full without adding extra pounds. Secondly, blueberries are packed with something called catechins; catechins are naturally-occurring compounds found within specific fruits and vegetables which have been shown to target fat - abdominal fat in particular. Lastly, this fruit has high levels of vitamin B. Vitamin B gives you more energy to propel you through exercises, and improves the function of your liver.
- Salmon- Salmon could very well be the most healthful and beneficial protein we know. The healthy fats and oils found within have been shown to increase one's metabolism. The reason for this is because it decreases the levels of a hormone called leptin, and leptin is very often found in those with slower metabolisms. Secondly, it is a protein that is relatively low in calories with only 48 per boneless ounce. Steak, on the other hand, has 71 calories per boneless ounce. Also keep in mind that a diet high in protein builds lean mass, regardless of whether one exercises. Lean mass increases the body's ability to burn calories.