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4 foods that increase your metabolic rate

It is said that an increased metabolic rate is the reason some people are able to shed fat more easily than other. Your metabolic rate is basically the rate at which your body uses up energy when you are at rest. For some people, this rate is increased. Meaning, their bodies use up energy faster. These people are said to have a high metabolic rate or ‘fast metabolism’. Others use up energy at a slower rate and are said to have a low metabolic rate or ‘slow metabolism’.

Although research is still ongoing, there are theories proposing that people who are able to use up energy faster (people with high metabolic rates), gain less excess fat. This is most likely because they use up energy so fast that there is none left to be turned into fats (remember stored fats come from unused energy). In addition, they have a higher caloric requirement than others (because they are using up energy so fast!) and would not add excess weight with what would be considered excess calories in someone with a slower metabolic rate.

This means that, in order to aid weight loss or prevent storing of excessive fats (and gain excess weight), it would be beneficial to increase your metabolic rate.

Your metabolic rate is most times affected by genes, the levels of certain hormones in your body, and the food you eat. Whilst you can’t change your genes and it is dangerous to mess with the levels of your hormones, you are free to modify or change the food you eat. Therefore, some foods that increase your metabolic rate include;

1.Lean meat

Lean Meat

Lean meat is harder for the body to digest. This means as you eat more, you force your body to use more energy than it is accustomed to using by giving it extra work. This then leads to an increase in your metabolic rate because, your body begins to consume more energy at rest, than before.

2.Whole Fruits

Fruits

Whole fruits such as grapes, melon and berries have a lot of fibre. The body is unable to digest fibre however, it is accustomed to working hard to digest whatever comes into your gut. This means when you eat these fruits, you give your system an almost endless job and your body keeps using up energy in an effort to digest what it can’t digest until the fibre is expelled. Therefore, anything that has high fibre content including fruits, cereals and vegetables are advantageous towards your metabolic rate.

3. Pepper

pepper

The peppery taste of all forms of pepper, comes from a compound known as capsaicin. Capsaicin when consumed, causes the body to generate extra heat. This heat comes by because your body is having to use up more of the excess energy (or excess calories). Therefore, by making your body produce excess heat, pepper increases your metabolic rate

4. Green tea

green tea

Green tea contains a natural compound called catechin. Although much is unknown about catechin’s mechanism of action, there is evidence showing that intake of catechin, increases your metabolic rate.

 

Conclusion

The above listed foods have the ability to raise your metabolic rate for only a period of time. Therefore whilst raising your metabolic rate, it is important that you also eat the right type and right amount of foods.

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