Natural Foods To Increase Metabolism And Weight Loss

Berries for weight lossResearch has shown that there are natural foods that increase metabolism and help fat loss, which is very useful when trying to lose weight, keep our weight stable or simply enhance our metabolism and boost health.

So, let’s have a look at those best natural foods to increase metabolism and weight loss, which we can easily add to our everyday diet. Apart from their boosting metabolism properties, these foods offer us a lot of other health benefits.

Berries

Different types of berries have fat burning qualities. Berries consumption as part of a healthy diet plan contributes to better weight control. How is this possible?

Berries contain plenty of water and fiber which help us feel full and make it easier to lose weight. In addition, they are full of valuable antioxidant ingredients that protect us from oxidative stress and the appearance of chronic diseases.

Almonds

They contain lots of calories, so how can almonds be good for weight control? Research has shown that people who consumed 42 grams of almonds daily lost more belly fat and managed to lower the total and LDL cholesterol compared to people who consumed the same number of calories deriving from carbohydrate snacks such as muffins. How could that be possible?

Almonds provide us with valuable nutrients (B vitamins, vitamin E, phosphorus and magnesium) while they also contain protein (100 g of almonds give us about 20 g of protein), which helps us feel fuller. Their ability to lower cholesterol in the bloodstream appears to be attributed to the antioxidant vitamin E as well as to the monounsaturated fatty acids they contain.

Chili

Chili, the hot red pepper, contains capsaicin which research has shown that increases fat burning. Also, chili consumption as part of a diet that is rich in fat is linked to increase of fat oxidation as well as reduction of belly fat.

Adding chili to your diet can add lots of flavor to your food. You just need to be a bit creative and at the same time careful with the quantity you use when cooking so that you can enjoy deliciously healthy dishes that are also good for the metabolism and fat loss.

Green Tea

In recent years, research has revealed that green tea can boost metabolism rate by increasing it by up to 3%. Catechins which are the basic antioxidants of green tea appear to be involved in the processes of thermogenesis and lipolysis.

Although studies on the effect of green tea to weight loss are promising, it appears that plain green tea infusion´s effect on metabolism is too small to cause a significant loss of weight.

Studies that have shown a higher increase in metabolism rate have used mostly green tea extract, which is a more concentrated form. However, adding green tea to our diet can benefit our health in general as well.

Lemons and Grapefruit

Grapefruit is often an indispensable food in weight loss diets. The grapefruit´s benefits for fat loss are attributed to Naringenin which is also found in lemon. Naringenin appears to act against fat accumulation and helps regulate blood insulin levels.

Both grapefruit and lemon belong to the family of citrus fruits and are therefore well known for their high vitamin C content. In addition to helping with fat loss, they also offer a significant boost to our immune system. However, a balanced consumption of these fruits is recommended since there needs to be a variety of fruits and vegetables that have to be taken every day.

Curry

Curry contains curcumin which apart from the characteristic yellow color it gives to curry, it has some benefits for health as well.

Curry consumption may contribute to a reduced absorption of food fat, and research links it to the regulation of cholesterol levels in the blood.

In addition, Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties as well as adds a lot of flavour to our dishes.

Vinegar

Vinegar seems to be good for weight control, but for our general health as well thanks to the acetic acid it contains. Acetic acid is the most common organic acid. Research has revealed that those who ate vinegar every day had a lower waist circumference and lower triglyceride levels than those who did not consume it.

There are different kinds of vinegars that we can choose according to our taste (red, white, balsamic etc.), but most studies that have shown the benefits of vinegar for weight loss have used white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

In conclusion, by consuming the above natural foods in the right quantities we can increase our metabolism as well as promote fat loss and therefore weight loss. In addition, we can provide our body with a lot of other health benefits.