People are always looking for short-cuts and quick fixes to help lose the unwanted fat they’ve been carrying for years. This search will always come up fruitless. However, it is true that there are certain foods you can consume which will help to increase your metabolic rate, thus helping you to burn fat quicker.
But simply consuming the foods listed in this blog won’t work alone. Eating them needs to be combined with regular exercise, lots of sleep, plenty of water, and a complete lack of processed, refined, sugary, packaged items disguised as food by corporations.
One of the best ways to get your metabolism moving is to ensure you never skip breakfast, and make sure the breakfast you do eat is not going to be heavy, stogy, fibre-less food which is just going to clog your guts and set you up for a weight-gaining day, as opposed to a weight-losing one.
1. Cinnamon and Raw Honey: A very popular ‘first thing in the morning’ drink, 1 tbsp of Cinnamon and 1 tbsp of raw Honey mixed with hot water is a great way to increase metabolism, and at the perfect time of the day too. Adding bee pollen is a delicious and incredibly nutritious option also.
Other spices such as garlic, cayenne, black pepper and mustard seeds have also been shown to increase some people’s ability to burn calories by up to 1000 times.
2. Aloe Vera (Barbadensis Miller variety)
In the same way that applying aloe vera topically soothes the skin, eating the gel from the Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller plant does the exact same thing to your intestines. Aloe Vera soothes and helps clear the intestinal walls of unwanted, built-up gunk and enables the digestive system to work to it’s full potential.
Aloe Vera is incredibly nutritious too. It’s known as the ‘miracle healing plant’ amongst many other grandiose names for a good reason.
Broccoli is not only high in vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fibre, folate and calcium, upon digestion it also stimulates enzymes which cause fat cells to burn fat at a faster rate, whilst simultaneously providing you with heaps of nutrition!
4. Matcha Green Tea
All varieties of Green tea help to significantly boost metabolism, but none more so than Matcha. Matcha tea can help your system burn calories by four times, and it won’t raise blood pressure, the heart rate or put any stress on the body in general.
Green tea is filled with antioxidants which fight free radicals, and one glass of Matcha is, in terms of antioxidant content and nutritional value, equal to 10 glasses of other green teas.
5. Water (especially Coconut water)
This might sound like an odd one, but water is actually an appetite suppressant, and often times if you just drank some water when you think you’re hungry, that hunger will subside. Water greatly increases the rate of metabolism, and it’s important to stay fully hydrated not only for workouts, but for everyday life.
Drinking coconut water, and eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content is also going to aid you in your weight-loss journey
6. Hot Peppers
Cayenne, Jalapeño and Habenero peppers are high in a compound called capsaicin which is a very interesting compound indeed. It stimulates our pain receptors, increasing blood circulation and metabolic rate. It has been shown that eating hot peppers causes a ‘fat-burning spike’ which can last up to 3 hours, and helps to increase metabolism by 25%.
It is worth reiterating that a good, clean diet consisting mainly of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds mixed with an active lifestyle, loads of water and enough rest is a surefire way to see the pounds drop off.