Rev Up Your Metabolism
Are you looking for ways to rev up your metabolism?
One way to do this is with foods! @mommaemdoc is sharing many foods that are perfect to fire up that metabolism…
🚩𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒊𝒏-𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒉 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅𝒔: Eating foods high in protein (meat, eggs, fish, legumes, tofu, etc.) rev up your metabolism because it takes your body more energy to digest them. This is called the thermic effect of food – different foods require more energy than others. Fun fact: Protein can boost your metabolism by 15% to 30%, carbs can boost it 5% to 10%, and fats between 0% to 3%. A bonus with protein is that if you’re losing weight, it helps you hold onto more of your muscle, which also can help you keep your metabolism humming along.
🚩𝘾𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙚𝙖: The amount of caffeine in an average cup of coffee (around 100 mg) appears to boost your metabolism by up to 11% for up to 2 hours. Also, studies suggest the antioxidants and catechins in green tea (especially green tea extract) appear to rev up your metabolism by 3% to 4% (and as much as 8%), over the course of a 24-hour period.
🚩𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓: One study found that adding a heaping teaspoon (2 grams) of ginger powder to hot water and drinking it after breakfast raised metabolism – people burned about 43 extra calories AND they didn’t feel as hungry for the next three hours.
🚩𝘼𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝘾𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙑𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙧: In mice studies, apple cider vinegar was found to promote the production of an enzyme called AMPK, which lowers the rate of fat storage and boosts the rate of fat burning. (Tip: try combining ginger and 1-2 tbsp of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar in hot water for a refreshing morning drink.)
🚩𝙒𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙧: Drinking 2 cups of cold water temporarily boosts your metabolism by as much 30% for up to 40 minutes after you drink it. Much of the increase has to do with how hard your body works to warm up the water. Continued in comments
🚩𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙞 𝙥𝙚𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨: Add some red pepper to your dinner to fire up your metabolism! Many studies have investigated supplements containing capsaicinoids, which is the component that gives chili peppers their “heat.”⠀