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Set Your Metabolism on Fire with These 4 Foods

Finding ways to increase your metabolism is always important when you are trying to lose weight. There are tons of studies done to figure out which foods will naturally help your metabolism as well as products you can buy that claim to also help.

In my opinion, I prefer to stick with more natural remedies. I like to know exactly what I’m taking and how much. I did some research and found some of the most proven natural methods that will set your metabolism ablaze!

Maybe one of the most widely known ways to increase your metabolism is eating hot peppers. The reason they are able to help with metabolism is because of the chemical capsaicin, it is found in hot peppers and cayenne peppers. This chemical will temporarily cause your body to release more stress hormones, which will cause your metabolism to speed up and help you burn more calories. It will also help suppress your appetite which of course means taking in less calories. Eat a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili peppers at each meal by adding it to your meals. You can spice up your favorite pasta, chili or soups by adding these metabolism fire starters.

If you’re not a fan of the spicy peppers, the sweet chili peppers are another great option. They contain a compound called dihydrocapsiate (DCT) which acts similar to capsaicin as far as our metabolism goes. A study done in California found that people who took nine milligrams of DCT experienced more energy expenditure and burned more calories than the control group. They burned an extra 100 calories per day when they took the nine milligrams three times a day.

We all know that coffee helps wake us up because of the caffeine but it also helps boost our metabolism. A study showed that metabolism increased up to three hours after consumption. The best way to maintain the full benefit of coffee is to drink it black, adding sugar and creamer will add too many calories, defeating the purpose.

When it comes to lean meats, its good to gobble up turkey. This lean meat contains leucine, an important amino acid that helps keep muscle mass intact. Maintaing muscle mass helps burn more calories and the protein in turkey increases the body’s metabolism. So go ahead make yourself a lean turkey burger and sprinkle on some chili peppers for a bonus!

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July 3rd, 2012

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