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Fat Burning Foods: 8 Foods that Help Speed up your Metabolism

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Certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, which means they cause your body temperature to increase the way it does when you exercise, thus boosting your metabolism. Other foods contain nutrients and compounds that help speed up your metabolism and help with fat burning.

8 Foods that boost metabolism and burn fat are:

1. Water

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Water is a natural appetite suppressant that will help increase your body’s metabolism by simply drinking it. You can stay hydrated for your workouts and keep your metabolism high by drinking sufficient water every day.


2. Grapefruit

 

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Studies have shown that grapefruit has unique chemical properties that promote weight loss. This citrus fruit is full of vitamin C and will reduce insulin levels. Insulin regulates blood sugar and metabolism, and signals body to store excess food calories as fat. Thus, reducing spikes in Insulin levels will decrease excessive signals to make fat, which will ultimately promote weight loss. One thing to remember is that grapefruit can interact with medications, so check with your doctor before adding it to your diet.


3. Whole Grains

 

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The body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods like oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice than processed foods. The high fiber content fills you up quickly, lowers cholesterol, is high in nutrients and keeps your insulin levels steady thus decreasing the new fat production.


4. Green Vegetables

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Green vegetables like broccoli and spinach fight free radicals and improve recovery for better muscle building. They also contain phytochemicals that boost immunity and protect against disease, and can help enhance fat loss.


5. Green Tea

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Studies show that green tea contains a compound that temporarily speeds up metabolism. It also has great antioxidants and may help prevent some forms of cancer.


6. Hot Peppers

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Hot peppers contain Capsaicin which once in your system causes your body to temporarily release stress hormones that speed up your metabolism. So, as your body copes with the spicy food, it burns more calories. Chili peppers also reduce hunger and food intake.


7. Low-fat Dairy

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Low fat dairy is high in the essential calcium and Vitamin D that helps preserve bones and build the muscle mass that is needed for fat burning and weight loss. Try Greek style yogurt for extra protein content.


8. Lean Meats

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Lean Meats are great sources of protein, and they take longer to digest than fruits and vegetables. Protein has a high thermogenic effect, so you burn more calories from the consumed food during digestion. Dietary proteins also give you more energy for exercise, so you get twice the metabolic benefit from one food.

How to Put Together a Big Low-Carb Holiday Feast

The holidays are a festive time, a time to spend with family and friends, and with a nice holiday meal too! Many people seem to think that the holidays are all about the carbs. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a holiday meal while keeping your carb levels low. Eating low carb doesn’t mean a meat-only meal; you can always load up on veggies too.

1. Choose current favorites that are lower in carbs

Turkey is an all-time favorite and at the same time a very low carb meal. There might be vegetables or delights which are family favorites and have less starch or added sugar. Try to recall the previous holidays and revive the dishes which have the least carbs in it.

2. Scale back some of the traditional side dishes

Plain roasted yams with salt, pepper and butter are still delicious even without all the marshmallows on top. Simple sautéed mushrooms and peppers or a salad with a cranberry vinaigrette dressing will do.

3. Serve Low-Carb appetizers

Have some vegetables with dip, and serve almonds on the table or other nuts instead of chips. You might want to hold off the carbs for the main course. Shrimp is a tasty starter for seafood lovers and can be made in more than a few ways, and best of all, it is very low in carbs.

4. Prepare a Low-Carb delight tray for the table

The following are good choices: baby carrots, celery sticks, roasted red peppers, radish blossoms, marinated artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower with dip, olives and dill pickle spears.

5. Avoid the Sweets

Skip all the chocolate truffles and candy canes and prepare a fruit tray instead. You can use fresh fruit as well as dried cranberries, apricots, or pineapple slices too!

6. Try Veggies and Forget those Forbidden Potatoes

Pureed cauliflower can be used instead of potatoes for mashed potatoes. It can also be used as a thickener for gravy along with a splash of heavy cream or a little bit of cream cheese.

7. Play with your side dishes

Try different side dishes such as grilled or roasted vegetable salads — like peppers, zucchini and eggplant with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and pesto dressing – or you can also try a green bean salad with toasted almonds.

8. Low Carb Christmas Beverages

Rather than serving the traditional alcoholic beverages, you can have a variety of low carb beers, cocktails and drinks. There are also many lower-carb wines on the market today and many of them are marked as such, if they contain 7g of carbs or less per serving. If you can’t get away from the liquor, try mixing it with soda water rather than sugary or creamy options.

Don’t let your low carb lifestyle hold you back this holiday season! You can enjoy it just like anyone else, without impacting — or sabotaging — your low carb success! And your friends and relatives will enjoy trying something new!