We know how upsetting it is to know someone who gorges on fast foods like they hadn’t eaten in days, but doesn’t gain weight! On the contrary, your weight shoots up with just one burger. For instance, we recently saw how the beautiful Quantico star Priyanka Chopra (the one with the perfect hour glass figure) destroyed Jimmy Fallon in chicken wings eating contest!
So what is that thing that keeps their weight issues at bay? Priyanka has often been heard saying that she is blessed with the fast metabolism which keeps her in shape. Although metabolism is mostly influenced by genetics, you can naturally speed it up by eating and doing the right things every day. Read on to learn more about metabolism and foods that speed up metabolism.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is a chemical reaction process that takes place within the cells of an organism to maintain its life. The three main purposes of metabolism involve the conversion of food into energy in order to run the cellular processes, the conversion of food into building blocks for proteins, lips and carbohydrates and the elimination of nitrogenous wastes. How much food an organism requires and its ability to obtain that food is largely influenced by the metabolism rate.
Foods that speed up metabolism:
Caffeine: A study was conducted to investigate the effects of caffeine on the metabolic rate of the individuals. It was found that caffeine does stimulate the metabolic rate significantly within 3 hours after ingestion. Also, readBenefits of drinking tea over coffee!
Whole grains & cereals or salads (chewy foods): The reason doctors advise eating whole grains and cereals for breakfast is that they’re are loaded with fiber and keep you full for a longer period of time. Another good reason for having them is that they take a while to chew. Speed eating has been found the major reason for obesity and weight gain. Doctors today echo the ancient Indian scholars’ belief that you must chew a bite of your food as many as 32 times. Because it all starts from in your mouth. Your body spends more energy and burns up to 10% calories in the process!
When the food is chewed properly, its thermal effect is increased followed by an easy breakdown by the enzymes. The saliva too contains an enzyme which breakdowns fat from the food before it reaches the stomach. This helps in easy digestion. If you do not like caffeine, make a point to have salads before lunch and dinner. Learn this recipe of Cucumber & Yogurt salad.
Green tea: Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant which promotes fat burn and speeds up metabolism by 4 %.
Hot peppers: Peppers contain a chemical compound called as capsaicin which is known to be useful for metabolism. Research suggests that a spicy meal can speed up your metabolic rate for few hours.
Eggs (proteins): Egg whites are low-calorie, fat-free and rich in amino acids, which is useful to speed up metabolism. Egg whites are also loaded with proteins. Proteins take a longer time to break down compared to the carbohydrates and fat. This process makes you burn more calories. Here’s a protein-rich egg & salmon recipe for you.