Did you know that women tend to gain 1.5 pounds per year? That is why by the age of 50, we wake up 40 pounds heavier, unhealthy and depressed. Hormonal imbalances, stress and muscle loss, all contribute to the slowing down of our fat-burning machine. Good news! It is possible to avoid the inevitable mid-life weight gain, by eating foods that boost metabolism. Does it sound too good to be true?
Our metabolism is not only ruled by genetics, it is also the reflection of what we eat. Unnatural and processed foods, chemicals, animal fat and protein in the diet all contribute to inflammation in the body and a weak immunise system. But there are also amazing foods that have the ability to boost our metabolism, eliminate toxins and burn fat. Of course, for these foods to work their magic, they must be eaten along with a healthy diet. You can’t just eat crap all day, have a tablespoon of kale powder, and expect a miracle!
Here are the best fat burning foods that can boost your metabolism:
Studies show that about 20% of women are iron deficient, which can affect the body greatly. A lack of this mineral slows down your metabolism and does not allow your body to work efficiently at burning calories. When our body is not getting what it needs to function, like carrying oxygen to your muscles, losing weight becomes an impossible task. Knowing that one cup of lentils provides 35% of our daily need for iron, all women should eat them daily. Dr. Michael Greger recommends 3 servings of lentils or beans per day as part of a healthy plant-based diet. Eating legume also to permits to have a healthy colon and regular bowel movements.
Eating spicy food supposedly helps with weight loss. How true is that? Studies have found that the compounds Capsaicin found in hot peppers (Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers hot) can heat up our body just like our adipose tissue do when we are cold and shivering, which makes us burn more calories. How great is that! Eat your peppers raw, cooked, dried, or powdered, it’s all good. Add them to your detox plan for weight loss, for taste, and to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or yeasts! Cayenne pepper is one of the ingredients for a successful natural treatment for candida and parasites.
Choosing whole grains like whole wheat, brown or wild rice, barley, buckwheat, quinoa or bulgur rather than refined grains like white flours, white rice and pasta is a wise choice. A good detox diet should not contain any processed or refined ingredients. Eating whole is the best way to have a healthy body and lose weight. Additionally, our body needs to burn twice as many calories when breaking down whole foods, compared to processed foods. Whole plant foods are also richer in nutrients and are packed with fibre, which provides energy for the body and encourages healthy bowel movements.
Tomatoes offer several elements for our body to burn fat and lose weight. They are low in fat, low in calories, and rich in fiber. They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients that help fighting illnesses. What else can you ask for? Well, here it comes: A study found a powerful compound in tomatoes called 9-oxo-ODA that has the ability to burn fat. Other researchers have discovered that the beta-carotene and lycopene content in tomatoes also encourage weight loss. Tomatoes should be part of a healthy diet for weight loss.
Have you ever heard the grapefruit detox myth? Well, it turns ou to be true. A study published in the journal of Metabolism found that people eating grapefruit for a period of six weeks were able to lose one inch off their waistlines. The another study discovered that those who ate half of a grapefruit before their meals during twelve weeks lost an average of 3.5 pounds. Grapefruit does not only activate fat burning hormones, they have been shown to suppress appetite. Citrus fruits are also known to be the best at boosting DNA repair, thus preventing cancer. However, most of the compounds responsible for this magic are found in the peel. So add the zest to your meals to get full benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The enzymes found in apple cider vinegar contribute to a healthy digestion and the regulation of blood sugar levels. This can help eliminate food cravings and lose weight. Choose an apple cider vinegar that is organic, raw or unpasteurised. The liquid should look unclear, with a cobweb-like substance in it, which is called the “mother”. This means the apple cider vinegar still contains beneficial compounds, including probiotics. Studies have shown that consuming probiotic-rich food encourages weight loss and the ability to keep the weight off. Taking supplements of probiotics seem to have the same effect.
Having no food at all seem to have the same beneficial effects than eating a healthy diet. Fasting for 7 days may be able to repair damaged tissues, purify our blood and heal inflammation in the digestive system. A 7 day detox and colon cleanse can help boosting metabolism and rejuvenating the whole body. Weight loss can be rapid: from 10 to 20 pounds, depending on the person. A detox is also one of the best home remedies for chronic illnesses, candida infections and skin problems. The complete body cleansing program should be followed with a 7 to 14 days detox diet, with vegan and unprocessed foods.