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Easy Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

Easy Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

Specific foods you can eat can give your body a temporary boost to it’s metabolism. Although these are not replacements for exercise and loosing weight, they can help you burn calories during the day.

  1. Whole grain cereals and oats

Eat breakfast and your metabolism can jump by up to 10%. When you don’t eat, your body enters ‘starvation mode’ and holds on to it’s fat. Eating whole grains and oats (like oatmeal) gives your body complex carbohydrates that your body doesn’t ‘overreact‘ to like simple sugars. In short, you give your body good stuff that keeps it ‘chewing’ on it’s food, without the sudden blood-sugar drop that causes cravings.

  1. Hot peppers

This is almost so simple to be unbelievable! The chemical (Capsaicin) that gives hot peppers their heat can also boost your metabolism by speeding up your heart rate, and the effect lasts for hours. A study from Canada showed that men who ate coffee and pepper-based snacks and meals were able to burn almost 1000 calories more a day!

  1. Get your Caffeine!

Again, simple stuff here. Caffeine speeds up your heart rate, thus helping you burn a few more calories. Further, studies show that caffeine increases your body requirements for oxygen, directly impacting your metabolism. The trick is, we tend to not drink black coffee, so the sugars, caramel, and milk we add all add more calories than the caffeine helps us burn! Keep it simple and black, and your morning cup of Joe can help you loose weight.

  1. Meat

Proteins give your body something to work to break down, and help you feel fuller faster and longer. Thus, you eat less and burn more calories along the way. Chose lean meats – pork, turkey, etc. – and eat in moderation and let your diet help you.

  1. Fish

Specifically omega-3 fatty acids. Your body has a hormone called Leptin (you may have seen it mentioned in any number of infomercials). Low levels of Leptin cause your metabolism to raise. Eating fish like Salmon provides you with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids which lower Leptin levels – thus helping you burn more calories. Or, like me, take a fish oil supplement in the morning!

Like many things related to Healthy Weight Loss, common sense, moderation, and a little bit of knowledge can help you and your exercise routine maximize your results. Eat smart and Healthy and see the results sooner!

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Never Grow Old with Super Green Foods!

Never Grow Old with Super Green Foods!

The nature nourishes us in many ways-air, sunlight and food. It has been proven since long that natural source of everything, from food to health products, are the best as they have least side effects. Not only that, the top quality of nourishment can be obtained from nature. This is because natural sources are capable of converting inorganic matter into valuable carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins into consumable forms. The sunlight helps in the process, and not only human beings but a major part of the living animal world depends on this for health.

Like many colors which are associated to different attributes of our lives, green is linked to the earth and nature. Many eco-friendly products bear colored labels or logos to represent their closeness to the mother earth. In fact, around us, everything that is rich in nutrients. The plants convert the inorganic raw materials into carbohydrates through the process of photosynthesis, and the resultant food form is often green. Thus, Super Green Foods are mark of freshness, enrichment in carbohydrates and micronutrients.

The USP of Super Green Food is not just its color, which is just a mark of its goodness. Their utility lies in the fact that they have almost no side effects. One can consume as much as vegetables and fruits without putting on weight! One can have a lot of these without getting into attack of diabetes, cholesterol or blood pressure! On the contrary, they help curb the poor effects of our present day hectic lifestyle!

The intake of cabbages and cauliflower is always great for the eyes. They help boost immunity of the body as well. Spinach and other green foliage leaves reduce blood pressure, improve immunity and purify the blood. These and other green veggies help in more than one ways to the human beings. Having them boiled is the best practice as that does not destroy many of their micronutrients like vitamin C. Yes, these Super Green Foods are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals, the natural micronutrients required for the body. In no other artificial way can you have so much of them!

Non-green foods like meat, chicken and eggs have many disadvantages. They cause cholesterol and are primary reasons for blood pressure and indigestion. Having too much of them always leave poor side effects. Super Green Food includes only those fruits and veggies that are not colored green artificially, but are green naturally. The green color comes from the rich content of micronutrient containing chlorophylls, and is refreshing and ideal for removing the free radicals and makes you feel fresh and nice!

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Food Packaging Claims And It’s Nutritional Value

Food Packaging Claims And It's Nutritional Value

If you consider eating healthy but don’t read the ingredient list on the labels of packaged foods, you’ll be surprised at some of the ingredients that belie the claims made on the front of the package. Some products that claim to contain only whole grains may actually have more sugar than grains it it. Others promise to be free of trans fat but may actually contain up to 0.5 grams of partially hydrogenated oils, a source of trans fats, in the ingredient list.

According to Christine A. Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at Georgia State University, the first thing to remember is that the ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance, with the first two or three ingredients being the most important. Those at the bottom of the list may appear in only very tiny amounts.

The word ?whole? should appear as the first or second ingredient on the package of breakfast cereals, crackers, pasta, and breads. Check the fiber content on the nutrition facts panel to make sure. University of Pennsylvania family nutrition expert Lisa Hark, PhD, RD, said that whole-grain foods should deliver at least 3 grams of fiber per serving and ideally even more.

Beware of the ‘ose’ in ingredients list. Fructose, sucrose, dextrose are all forms of sugar which add calories but few nutrients. Many packaged foods contain different forms of sweeteners that have a similar metabolic effect as with other forms of sugar: they contribute to weight problems. Check out the nutrient facts to know exactly how many grams of total sugar a product contains. Having 4 to 5 grams of sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon.

When it comes to trans fat, products claiming to be trans-free may in fact contain up to half a gram of trans fat per serving. Be wary of partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients for they are the primary source of trans fat, which have been shown to be potentially more harmful to arteries than saturated fat.

Artificial food colorings, usually found in candies, cereals, snack foods, and sodas, don’t have any nutritional value. Based on some research, they may even pose dangers to health.

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