We all know that one person who seems to be able to eat whatever they want, whenever they want and doesn’t put on a single pound of fat. The truth is that we all have different metabolic rates which are tied to our genetics, yet also to our lifestyles. So, don’t get jealous, get smart as there are various ways you can increase your metabolism to help burn more fat when you hit the gym.
We’ve rounded up 5 of the best natural foods you can add into your diet to hopefully ramp up your metabolism:
1 – Cayenne Pepper
If you’ve ever had spicy food, then you’ll have eaten cayenne pepper. As well as being absolutely delicious (in moderation), cayenne pepper has fantastic health benefits and has been used medicinally by cultures across the world for centuries. Chief among these benefits is a metabolism-boosting effect. The active ingredient in cayenne peppers is capsaicin, which dictates the heat of the pepper. The more heat your body produces, the more fat it will burn. This makes cayenne peppers and an ideal addition to your diet for their thermogenic fat burning potential.
2- Green Tea
Second on our list and always increasing in popularity is green tea. While it is similar to black tea, the green variety is not processed which creates its unique color. It’s not just a delicious drink either. Green tea is thought to have antioxidant effects on the body, helping keep your system healthy. It also contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is thought to have metabolism boosting effects. This catechin is common in many dietary supplements and is found in abundance in green tea (along with caffeine), making it a superb addition to your diet to help speed up your metabolism and burn off more fat.
3 – Guarana
Guarana may sound familiar to you, and that’s because it has become a really popular additive to lots of different products like supplements, energy drinks, and even food. The main reason is, it contains lots of caffeine which in turn has the potential to boost your metabolism. It has been shown to increase weight loss by as much as 2.7kg over 8 weeks when taken as part of a supplement blend. If you’re looking for an ingredient that can help make you more alert (and achieve more in the gym) alongside boosting your metabolic rate and burning fat, then guarana could be a great choice for you.
4 – Black Pepper
Black pepper is one of the most common cooking ingredients in the world and sure to be found in your cupboard. The good news is that it’s just as good for your body as it is for seasoning your favourite dishes. Black pepper contains piperine, which has been shown in some studies to prevent your body from creating new fat cells. Like many of the ingredients on this list, black pepper also has some antioxidant effects, making it an all-round winning choice if you’re serious about boosting your metabolism.
5 – Eggs
Yes, that’s right, eggs! You could be forgiven for thinking that all eggs have to offer is an enormous dose of protein, and you’d be correct. What you might not know is that protein rich foods are a great choice for those wishing to increase their metabolism too. The reason is that protein really puts your body to work, being more difficult to break down than fats and carbs. So simply put, more protein will mean more metabolic gains. If you’re also looking to gain weight, you’ll have the dual bonus of a protein hit and fast metabolism, for more muscle and less belly fat. Eggs are so wonderfully versatile and delicious there’s no excuse to not eat more.
If for any reason you don’t like these foods or don’t have the time to add them to your diet, you could try a natural supplement that includes them. We looked at Hourglass, a female focused fat burner that contains most of these ingredients and is taken daily outside of your meals. It might be worth a look if you want to increase your metabolism and burn more stubborn fat. You can find it here – https://www.hourglassfit.com/en-gb/
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