Metabolism Boosting Foods
How many people blame their genetic pre-disposition on their slow metabolism? Or, how many people say that their partner can take off weight easily when they work harder and still stay stagnant because of their metabolism? By having these foods in the right portions and at the right times of the day, you’ll be helping yourself in your own weight-loss, muscle-gain ventures.
Almonds: Almonds are truly one of nature’s miracle foods. You get such a big bang for your buck. First of all, almonds are nutritionally dense. This means that for a small portion size, you get a large amount of healthy macronutrients and calories (but GOOD calories).Independent studies have shown that almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut; so almonds provide the most healthy calories and nutrition for the smallest serving size. You get the most nutrition possible out of the calories you eat.One serving of almonds, or about a handful, is an excellent source of vitamin E (an antioxidant) and a good source offiber (which helps keep you full). Almonds also offer heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Nine clinical studies over the last thirteen years have shown that almonds can lower cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fat. These groundbreaking studies show how a handful of almonds a day consistently lowered LDL cholesterol levels. Eating almonds is a filling snack. Almonds contain protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat, all which may help keep you satisfied.
Whey protein: Whey protein (the highest quality and best form of protein) is incredible stuff. It provides the body with the necessary building blocks to produce amino acids that are used for building muscle tissue.Nearly everyone who weight trains knows the importance of protein supplementation. Studies have been conducted that compare whey protein to other sources. They have found that whey protein contains the perfect combination of overall amino acid (the building blocks of protein) makeup, and in just the right concentrations for optimal performance in the body.
Both hormonal and cellular responses seem to be greatly enhanced with supplementation of whey protein as well. Not to mention the benefits whey protein has on the body’s immune system.Whey protein also plays a role as an antioxidant and helps support a healthy immune system. Most importantly, consistent whey protein intake coupled with exercise will result in consistent muscle building and potential fat loss.
Spinach: First and foremost, you’ll get forearms like Popeye. That was a joke. Leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food.By eating spinach, you’ll be protecting yourself against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, arthritis, and otherdiseases at the same time. And if the physical benefits aren’t enough, you also get mental improvements.
In animal studies, researchers have found that spinach may help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related related declines in brain function. Researchers found that feeding aging laboratory animals spinach-rich diets significantly improved both their learning capacity and motor skills
Water: Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”. Blood is 83% water. Muscles are 75% water, the brain is 74% water, and bone is 22% water. So what do you think happens when we aren’t adequately hydrated? Our bodily processes can’t function optimally. We’re depriving them of an essential nutrient.
Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water) will: Improve your energy, increase your mental and physical performance, remove toxins & waste products from your body, keep skin healthy and glowing, help you lose weight, reduce headaches and dizziness, allow for proper digestion, and help to keep you more Alkaline (prevents the build up of acids).
Green tea: Green tea originated in China, but it’s caught on like wildfire across continents from Europe to North America. Chinese green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).Research indicates that polyphenols may have antioxidant characteristics with potential health benefits. They may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Polyphenols have also been investigated as a source of additional health benefit in organic produce. EGCG in particular, is a powerful anti-oxidant. Evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters.Sipping on green tea may also help keep your appetite at bay because you’re sipping on a hot liquid, and filling up your stomach. The only warning is that most brands of green tea has caffeine. So if you’re sensitive to stimulants, you might want to look for caffeine free green tea, or just cut down on your daily consumption.Green tea can be purchased as a leaf, in a bag or as an extract.