Are you sick of all the fad diets? Have you tried them but just put the weight back on again? What if the normal foods that you eat could actually help you lose weight? There are several types of foods that actually work to speed up your metabolism so if you can include these foods into your diet then they will help you to burn fat and lose weight. You might already be eating some of these superfoods, so it may just be a matter of adjusting your diet to include more of these foods.
If you are a spicy food lover then you are in luck. Cayenne peppers, jalapenos and habaneros are some fantastic hot and spicy foods that give the metabolism a great big boost. Basically, as well as tasting hot they also get your insides running hot too. These spices will keep boosting your metabolism for around three hours after you eat them. So if you want a three hour fat burnout then go have a meal with lots of hot and spicy peppers but just be sure that the meal isn't too high in carbohydrates and fats.
Salmon, sardines and tuna – these fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which will help speed up your metabolism and also have the extra benefit of being very healthy for your heart. Our bodies have a hormone called leptin and our metabolism runs faster when the leptin levels are low and these fish help to keep those levels low, allowing your metabolism to run at a good speed and burn off calories. Fish are also a source of protein and protein is great for speeding up the metabolism.
While on the topic of protein – foods like lean meat, legumes, eggs and even peanut butter will give your metabolism a boost. Peanut butter should be eaten in moderation, but do try to include it in your diet as it is rich in both protein and monounsaturated fats. Nut butters are also high in protein, monounsaturated fats and also contain lots of antioxidants. Although nuts are high in fat, if eaten in moderation they can actually benefit your weight loss.
Whole grains, like oatmeal, are also very good for boosting the metabolism. These foods contain glucose and energy which are much needed for our body and brains to function well, but unfortunately many diets avoid them. They are great for boosting the metabolism by regulating the insulin in the bloodstream. They digest slowly and only put a little insulin into the bloodstream which keeps things running smoothly. If your blood sugar levels climb too high then a big release of insulin enters the bloodstream which makes the body try to store everything as fat, so it is important to keep the insulin levels at a good level so your body won't store too much fat.
Other foods that are great for speeding up the metabolism are fruits and vegetables, in particular dark green leafy vegetables and berries. These foods are also a great source of vitamins and antioxidants so eat as much of these foods as you want.