Foods That Boosts Metabolism

Superfoods that burn fat

Thermogenis weightloss really doesn't have to be difficult. And though we don't normally use the term thermogenic to discribe powerful fat burning foods, we come into contact with them practically everyday.

The problem is that we don’t often embrace them, because though they are common, many of these foods, alone, just don’t taste that great. But done right and creatively they can spice almost any dish.

Fat burning foods are smart super foods that raise body temperature to aid in burning food for energy, rather than storing it as fat – which is so often done with foods that contain very little nutritional value, like those with high levels of sugar.

Many people fail to realize that our body can work for us or against us; all we need is a few good consistent choices to make lasting and sustainable differences.

Lemons - One of the Most Thermogenic FoodsCredit: Morgue File

Drink More Water:  Ok. So I cheated, water isn’t really “food”.

But it’s important. Most people lose about 9 to 10 cups of water a day. We all do this through breathing, using the bathroom and perspiring, yet according to many scientific studies, the average person only drinks 5 cups a day.

Consider the fact that this is done over long periods of time and it regrettably points to dehydrated people. Dehydration is pretty serious and most people are at least 1% dehydrated by the time they become thirsty. Remember also that the body is nearly 75% water and things like stress, caffeine and alcohol further deplete the body of water.

But how does the lack of water affect our ability to lose weight? When you don’t supply the body with enough water, your kidneys must go and ask the liver to perform the tasks that your kidney would normally perform.

When the liver is hard at work taking over from the kidneys, the liver isn’t able to break down the stored energy, otherwise known as fat. This is why we also store more fat when dehydrated as well.  During the time that the kidneys go into overdrive, its other purpose of storing fat is to protect the body from further dehydration. This is a simple case of evolution. When the cave man went long days and nights without little food and water, the body sought to protect itself by slowing the metabolism down storing what was already there, body fat.

Water also helps to suppress your appetite and signal when you are full. Additionally water helps to keep your bowels moving and aids in digestion.

The goal really is to drink about 8 glasses of water a day. If you like caffeinated teas and coffees you should going for more, some people are even now recommending closer to 1 gallon a day to remain hydrated. If you’re like me and you really don’t like water that much you can drink seltzer water (in moderation), additionally you might try and spritz your regular water with lemon or lime.

Cinnamon:  Cinnamon is often referred to as one of the magical spices. Historically it was used for medicinal purposes to treat sore throats, coughs and even diarrhea. So what’s so magical about cinnamon?

Well medical research is supporting that Cinnamon actual speeds up the metabolism and even keeps the blood sugar in check. But beware that most of the “cinnamon” sold in the US today is actually Cassia, which is a cheaper version of Cinnamon and less affective. Real cinnamon is tan and harder to find in the US and comes from Sri Lanka.  Also important to note that you shouldn’t consume Cinnamon everyday as your body will grow accustomed to it and thus the increased metabolic properties will lessen.

Cloves: This “plant” actually comes from a flower. It’s bud is dried and picked before it even blossoms. But the beauty of this “food” is that it helps in aiding better digestion and gives the metabolism a jump start as well as eliminates intestinal bloating. Cloves should be used in small amounts. Consider adding it to tomato dishes or to make stews and broths.

Lemons: This wonder fruit truly packs a powerful punch when it comes to thermogenic foods. 2000 years ago in China, this fruit was the ingenious cross between a lime and a citron. But then Christopher Columbus brought this fruit to the US and has become a crop staple in places like Florida. Lemons work wonders for the digestive system in that it works with the gall bladder and liver to aid in the absorption of protein and other minerals from foods. The beauty about lemon juice is that helps to fat into liquid so that it can be flushed from the body faster.  It’s even been credited to cleaning out the lymphatic systems and stimulating blood to the skin.

Remember to pick lemons that are bright yellow in color. Lemons that are green have a tendency to be too acidic and don’t work well with the body’s metabolic functions. Additionally you should use lemons to give water a more pleasant taste as stated above. You can even season your fish with lemon as well as make really nice lemonade sweetened with Stevia or Agave.

Cayenne Pepper: Similar to cinnamon, cayenne pepper has been used for medicinal purposes since the beginning of time. It’s the cayenne which has the ability to fire up circulation and the metabolism. This spicy hot pepper cleans the fat out of arteries. One major research institution, Oxford Polytechnic, noted that cayenne pepper stimulates the metabolism by 20%. You can enjoy cayenne pepper the way you normally do on meats, fish and spice up chilli’s and spaghetti.

Dried Mustard: Mustard has been well regarded in increasing metabolism as well. In fact the same research institution that studied cayenne pepper, Oxford Polytechnic, also studied dried mustard as well and this time showed that this food stimulated the metabolism by 25%. They also noted that those who consumed dried mustard continued to burned extra calories after the meal to the tune of 45 extra calories. This is remarkable because muscle also burns 30-40 calories at rest after exercise.

There you have it. Water, Cinnamon, Cloves, Lemons and Dried Mustard are all food stuffs which increase your metabolism to burn off fat efficiently.