Best Fit Foods

Whether you're trying to whittle your waistline or muscle up, these fit foods can help you achieve your goals

January 21, 2013
Best Fit Foods

A New Year means new beginnings for many of us. As we are all aware, not all foods are created equal. The choice of foods you decide to eat can have a major impact on the speed of your metabolism. The following are some suggestions to help you reach and surpass the goals you have set for losing weight, building muscle and living a healthier lifestyle.

Boost Your Protein Intake
Lean proteins such as turkey, chicken and fish are a great addition to any weight loss plan. Their high protein content has the ability to boost thermogenesis, the process of converting energy into heat. That’s because protein requires extra energy to digest and metabolize them, so more calories are burned. Plus, protein also helps to maintain lean muscle mass. More muscle means more calories burned, even while at rest.

Don’t Forget Fiber
Fibrous foods aid in digestion. When you digest food, your body extracts nutrients and breaks down the food which produces heat. So the more you digest, the faster your metabolism becomes. When your body becomes more efficient at breaking down nutrients for energy, your metabolism will speed up all the while helping in keeping you regular.

The following are good food choices to help keep your metabolism humming along:

> Grapefruit is rich in fiber and helps to lowers the insulin levels in your body that trigger your system to store fat.

> Apples, like grapefruit, are also high in fiber and they help you stay feeling full for longer.

> Green Tea contains epigallocatechin gallate, better known as EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant that speeds up your brain and nervous system, enabling your body to burn more calories.

> Yogurt not only contains high levels of protein, it also contains probiotic cultures that help regulate your digestion.

> Spinach is packed with nutrients that enhance muscle performance and the transmission of energy in the body, which means your metabolism works harder. It’s a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamin C.

> Jalapenos contains a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin stimulates your metabolism to release more calories in the form of heat (thermogenesis), which lasts for hours after ingestion.

> Curry, like jalapenos, speeds up your metabolism by increasing the amount of calories your body burns.

> Cinnamon helps your body metabolize sugars more effectively, maintain steadier blood sugar levels and can also help lower your cholesterol. Add this tasty spice to your morning cup of tea or bowl of oatmeal.

Giving your metabolism a boost and burning more fat doesn’t have mean spending hours upon hours on a treadmill, and eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Add these foods to your diet and you’ll be on your way to a slimmer, shapelier you.

Ann Titone
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