Fidaah Edries joins the Style Africa team as a FITNESS contributor. Fidaah is a health coach at FIGHTERZ INC. MMA and Wellness Academy.
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Drinking green tea or oolong tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple of hours. Research suggest drinking 2-4 cups of either tea may rev up your metabolism to burn 17% more calories during moderately intense workouts for a short time.
- Black Coffee:
If you are a coffee drinker, you probably enjoy the energy and concentration perks. One of the benefits of drinking coffee is a rise in the metabolic rate. Coffee also acts as a diuretic as it expels excess water out of your system. Coffee can also help you with your endurance during exercise.
Your body burns many more calories digesting protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates. As part of a balanced diet, replacing some carbs with lean, protein rich foods can boost your metabolism at mealtime. Good sources of protein are 100% whey protein, lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, egg whites and low fat dairy products.
- Avoid crash diets:
A low calorie crash diet is bad for anyone hoping to fasten up their metabolism. Although these diets may help you lose pounds, it comes at the expense of nutrition. Further-more, it backfires, since you can lose muscle, which in turn slows down your metabolism. The final result is that your body burns fewer calories and gains weight faster that before the diet.
- Spice up your meals:
Cooking with a tablespoon of chopped red or green chilli pepper can boost your metabolic rate. The effects are temporary, but if eating often, the benefits would add up.
- Eat smart
- Drink Water:
Your body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. In a study adults who drank 8 or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four. It’s good practise to drink a glass of water before a meal.
- Build Muscle:
Your body constantly burns calories, even when doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself. After a session of strength training, muscles are activated all over your body, raising your average daily metabolic rate.
- Hot Lemon Water: Balances pH, Boosts immune system, aids digestion, natural diuretic, aids in weight loss, helps purify and stimulate liver. Drink twice a day.
- Cinnamon: Balances blood sugar levels. Put some cinnamon in your cereal every day.
- More foods that boosts your metabolism: Raspberries contain a very strong fat-burning substance (ketone), which melts human fat 3 times more that peppers. Grapefruit, yogurt, almonds, apples, spinach, beans, jalapenos, broccoli, soymilk and oatmeal.