Eating well will increase your metabolism Eating the right foods will make more energy available for a more energetic lifestyle. Bad foods will lower your metabolism and leave you drained and hungry feeling while at the same time your body will hoard fat.
The higher your metabolism, the faster you will burn body fat. Increasing your metabolic rate by eating the right foods will keep you on track to sustainable long term fat loss.
First of all let us define metabolism. Your metabolism is the manufacturer of energy in your body. It is the total of all the processes of your body that result in energy being produced for maintenance and activities. With a higher metabolic rate, you will be more energetic. Conversely, a lower metabolic rate will leave you feeling lethargic.
So how exactly do the different foods affect your metabolism?
There are basically three food groups: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. In order for your body to function at its best, you should consume all three. However, there is a food factor called “thermic effect” which simply refers to the amount of your body’s energy used up to simply digest and assimilate the food. The thermic effect of foods is one of your biggest allies in the war against body fat.
Of the three food groups, proteins have double the thermic effect of the other two food groups. In other words, your body must work twice as hard to process proteins as it does to process fats or carbs. Therefore proteins are your biggest help when you wish to lose excess body fat.
A bonus to protein consumption is that proteins make you feel fuller and more satisfied for a longer period of time than carbs or fats. So, to receive the physical and mental (“full feeling”) benefit of proteins, you should be consume them at intervals of two to three hours all day long. You should get a third of your daily calories from proteins.
The following are “kings” of the proteins for full metabolic effect:
Fish – primarily salmon,halibut, mackerel, and tuna
Lean beef and wild game meat
Which “good” carbohydrates and “good” fats should you eat in order to give the greatest health benefit your body as well keep the thermic effect of food working favor?
The answer to that is following:
The “good” carbs are the complex carbs. These carbs speed metabolism. When digested, all carbs end up as sugar, however, most complex carbohydrates contain small amounts of fats and proteins as well as vitamins and minerals. Complex carbs are also harder to digest so they have a higher thermic effect than simple carbs. Included are multicolored vegetables and low-sugar fruits like apples, blueberries, bell peppers, spinach, celery, strawberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and pears.
Conversely, bad carbohydrates include such things as bread, rolls, buns, cookies, pasta, pizza, corn chips, tacos, potato chips, ice cream, cakes, sweets, candy, chocolate, cold cuts, sodas, sugars, and foods containing corn syrup.
“Good” fats have an ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats that is between 2 and 3 to 1. You will naturally get some good fats in the best protein foods listed above. In addition, walnuts, flax seed oil, coconut oil, and avocados are the best sources of “good” fats.
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