Many of my clients are still sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. As for most of the population, one of the most popular resolutions is weight loss. While there are no quick, permanent, safe magic bullets in the weight loss arena, there is some research to suggest that eating certain foods may help in this quest. Incorporating some of the following foods in your diet may give you a boost.
- Green Tea: Green tea is rich in an antioxidant call EGGG, a known metabolism booster. Drinking 5 cups of green tea a day or 2 cups of matcha should help rev up your metabolism.
- Protein rich foods: Foods such as meat, beans, nuts, seeds and tofu are rich in protein. Protein is harder for your body to digest, requiring your body to expend more energy (calories) on digestion. Protein is also necessary for muscle maintenance and since muscles burn more calories than fat, insuring your muscles are well feed is importance to keep your metabolism humming.
- Spicy food: Eating spicy food may increase your heart rate which in turn raises your metabolism. Capsaicin, the substance that makes chili peppers hot, is a known appetite suppressant.
- Apple cider vinegar: Human studies have shown that adding apple cider vinegar to your diet may slow stomach emptying, increasing feelings of fullness and lead to eating fewer overall calories in day.
- Water: Drinking enough water each day is important to keep all your bodily systems functioning properly, including your metabolism. Additionally, drinking water may temporarily boost metabolism by 24–30% as your body heats the water to body temperature.
While none of these foods are going to be a miracle cure, all could have a place in a healthy, balanced diet.