Many weight-conscious mamas dream about the day when a magic pill is invented that cures all their food-related woes. While there is no such antidote to over-eating, and it doesn't appear as if one is on the horizon, there are an array of foods that could be helpful in boosting metabolism. Sprinkle these healthful foods into your diet as a way to ramp up the rate of your food burning and increase the effectiveness of your weight-loss efforts.
Milk is touted as a wonder drink. Milk, in addition to being nutritious, is also a metabolism booster, according to a University of Tennessee study. The calcium present in high quantities in milk is thought to give the metabolism a little pick-me-up. The UT study, reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that individuals who consumed between 1,200 and 1,300 mg of calcium a day lost twice as much weight as those who did not meet this consumption requirement, seemingly indicating that calcium is a helpful weight-loss aid.
Green tea is more than just a soothing beverage. It also contains EGCG, which speeds up the brain and nervous system, reports the "New York Daily News." EGCG acts much like caffeine, but without the related energy spike. By downing green tea, dieters can reap the benefits of body system speed-up without over-stimulating themselves.
Coffee is widely known for its high caffeine content. Along with giving morning drinkers the stamina to get through their days, caffeine also increases heart rate and, by connection, metabolism. While dieters should not make coffee a stimulating meal replacement, if they add a few cups to their morning routine, they may find that they can perk up their metabolisms.
Along with with adding a zesty kick to any dish, jalapenos are rich in capsicum, which speeds up heart rate and pumps up the metabolism, reports the "New York Daily News."
Many health-conscious diners know that salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Along with other health benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health and eye development, omega-3 fatty acids are thought to decrease the amount of leptin in the human body. Decreased leptin quantities lead to increased metabolism, making this food a fat-burning friendly choice.
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