Did you know that, in general, women tend to gain 1.5 pounds per year? By the age of 50, we wake up 40 pounds heavier, unhealthy and depressed. Hormonal imbalances, stress, and muscle loss contribute to our fat-burning machine's slowing down. 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 a reflection of what we eat. Unnatural and processed foods, chemicals, animal fat, and protein in the diet contribute to inflammation in the body and a weak immune system. But there are also unique foods that can 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 eat crap all day, have a tablespoon of kale powder, and expect a miracle!
Here are the foods that can boost your Metabolism:
Studies show that women are iron deficient, significantly affecting the body. 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 for our daily need for iron, all women should eat them daily. Dr. Michael Greger recommends three servings of lentils or beans per day for a healthy plant-based diet. Eating legumes also permits 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 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, taste, and killing 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 wise. 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 fiber, 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 and calories and rich in fiber. They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients that help fight illnesses. What else can you ask for? Here it comes: A study found a powerful compound in tomatoes called 9-oxo-ODA that can burn fat. Other researchers have discovered that tomatoes possess beta-carotene, and lycopene content encourages weight loss. Tomatoes should be part of a healthy diet for weight loss.
Have you ever heard the grapefruit detox myth? Well, it turns out to be true. A study published in the journal of Metabolism found that people eating grapefruit for six weeks could lose one inch off their waistlines. Another study discovered that those who ate half of a grapefruit before their meals during twelve weeks lost 3.5 pounds. Grapefruit activates fat-burning hormones and has also 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.