When it comes to weight loss and making long term improvements to your health, there really is no quick fix or magic diet pill.
I have found the best way to make these lasting health improvements is to slowly incorporate new foods, supplements and diet techniques over time. This way you are not left feeling overwhelmed with information... or a massive grocery bill.
A great place to start is with the foods you are eating every day. Certain foods can actually have a thermogenic effect on the body, or in other words help to stimulate metabolism.
Here are 7 of those foods! Try incorporating a new metabolism boosting food each day of the week!
1. Cayenne Pepper - Cayenne pepper is one of my favourite thermogenic foods! You will also find this ingredient in many expensive fat burning supplements. Research has shown that it stimulates metabolic rate by approximately 20% and even helps to improve blood flow and arterial health.
Try adding this great spice to your favourite pasta sauces, soups, or breakfast omelettes!
2. Green tea - Green tea has been long studied for its amazing health benefits. Green tea contains both Cannatic extract and Gymnemic acid which reduce the absorption of sugar into the blood. This, therefore, helps to stabilize our blood sugar levels, helps to reduce the effects of insulin and can lessen cravings for sweets. Green tea also enhances the activity of amylase, a carbohydrate-specific digestive enzyme and therefore moves foods more quickly through the digestive system at an enhanced metabolic rate.
Try swapping out your morning coffee or afternoon espresso for a lovely warm green tea.
3. Apple cider vinegar - Apple cider vinegar is great for so many things! An excellent fat burner, digestive aid and even a great lymphatic tonic. Note: it is important to buy ACV that is raw/unpasteurized so that it contains all of its amazing enzymes. Significant evidence has shown that sipping on ACV every day can help decrease body weight, abdominal fat, and triglyceride levels which are associated with increases in 'bad' cholesterol levels in the body.
Try my favourite apple cider vinegar elixir recipe first thing in the morning to stimulate metabolism and improve detoxification. Find the recipe under 'Healthy Treats' on my recipe page.
4. Grapefruit - Grapefruit is one of my favourites! I used to very much dislike this bitter tasting fruit, but since cleaning up my diet and eating more rich, green, bitter foods this is now a juicy treat for me! Grapefruit is rich in galacturonic acid which can help curb appetite, lower cholesterol and rid the body of unwanted fat.
Try sprinkling cinnamon or stevia on your grapefruit to reduce its tart taste. It can be a great addition to breakfast or as a nice appetizer for a meal.
5. Salsa - Salsa is more than just a tasty treat to have with your (organic) corn chips! ;) Salsa was proven at the Oxford Institute to increase the metabolism by approximately 15%! For salsa's thermogenic properties, the hotter the better!
Try adding this metabolism boosting food to your morning eggs, baked potatoes and even your veggies!
6. Broccoli and Cauliflower - When it comes to helping improve body composition, metabolism friendly foods don't necessarily have to be spicy! Broccoli and cauliflower are great cruciferous vegetables that not only help boost metabolism but are also effective for flushing out the system of toxins. This allows for more efficient waste removal and can even help to balance levels of estrogen in the body.
Try adding broccoli and cauliflower raw to salads or enjoy them lightly steamed and in stir fries! Cauliflower can also be used as a substitute for many dishes including pizza crust and even mashes 'potatoes'.
7. Berries - Berries are one of my favourite super-foods! Not only are they rich in antioxidants, berries are high in fibre which can help to balance blood sugar and allow fewer calories to be absorbed from the foods you eat! This helps to promote weight loss without hampering your nutrition.
Try adding berries to smoothies, as a topping to your dairy-free yoghurts or on their own for a yummy, light snack!