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How can speed foods help with my diet

August 5, 2011fit4youpAdvice, News, NutritionComments Off on How can speed foods help with my diet


I hope by now you have all read my article on “little but often” and are following the advice and maintaining a good diet to help with your  weight management

There are other key factors that you can add to your diet in order to achieve a higher metabolic rate which in turn helps you burn calories quicker. Different people have different metabolic rates, which mean they burn calories at different speeds. For example if a person with a fast metabolism and one with a slow metabolism eat the same foods, the one with the fast metabolism will burn more calories. The person with the slower metabolic rate will not burn as many calories and any extra calories not burned are stored and turned into fat.

A high metabolism means that the body is burning calories at a greater rate than average

So one of these key factors if you haven’t already guessed by the title is to add speed foods to your daily dietary intake. Speed Foods are certain foods that help increase the rate at which your body can burn calories; this in turn increases your metabolic rate. In order for a food to speed metabolism, the body must burn more calories digesting it than the food contains.Speed Foods are also good for stabilizing the bad hormones (insulin and cortisol) which can accelerate fat storage. Also bear in mind there are certain factors that can affect your metabolism like Age, health, physical condition, diet, activity level, frequency of meals, hydration, hormone levels and stress

Here are a few examples of speed foods-

Proteins – are  great for increasing your metabolism because every time you ingest protein your body feels fuller for longer and speeds up  your metabolism.

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I.e.  Eggs, Whey Protein Powder, Turkey, Chicken, Fish

Green Tea– perhaps one of the best metabolism boosters you can drink. Not only does it help with cancer risk, weight loss, metabolism it also contains caffeine which helps you focus during the morning. Green tea is found in many fat burning products.

Cayenne Pepper– cayenne pepper has thermogenic (heats up your body core temperature) properties. When your body has to cool itself down it requires calories to do so. Thus, creating a fire for your metabolism.

Almonds and other nuts – Almonds are loaded with good fats, fibre and incomplete protein. Since almonds have such great essential fatty acids they help your body raise its metabolism just by ingesting them. Obviously any fat has  a high calorie content so be sure to have a few nuts every day. You can mix these up with pine, cashews and walnuts as they also contain a very healthy amount of good fats and antioxidants.

“Adding foods that speed metabolism to your diet is a great way to lose extra pounds while becoming healthier and more energized.”

Other example of speed foods are-

Vegetables– Spinach, Cabbage, Celery, Broccoli,Chillies, Tomatoes, Dark green leafy vegeta bles, Peppers (cayenne, jalapeno and habanero)

Fruits – Raspberries, Other berries, Apples, Pears, Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons

Whole Grains – Rolled oats, Oatmeal, Muesli, Granola, Whole grain cereal

Liquids – Cold water, Coffee, Hot water with lemon

Oils – Extra virgin olive oil, Canola oil

Other Foods –Natural yogurt, Spices

I hope all the above advice will help you achieve the results you want. Remember diet is key to any weight management; you should always keep well hydrated and try to exercise at least 3 times a week.

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