In our day to day lives, we usually do not get the time to eat the ‘right’ foods to keep ourselves healthy. Mostly because most of the people in our country do not have the luxury to think about food in such a way. It’s all about filling up your stomach to be able to keep working that motivates us. However for the people, who can afford to live healthily, there is nothing better than valuing their lives and eating the right kinds of foods and exercising to keep fit. We do need a fit body to ensure a fit mind. It’s true: certain foods have a very high thermogenic effect, so you literally scorch calories as you chew. Other eats contain nutrients and compounds that stoke your metabolic fire. Feed your metabolism with these.
- Whole grains
Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fibre such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods. You can search for exciting ways to cook them for dinner/lunch and trust me, they are not as tasteless as you might think. Oatmeal with milk and honey, with a cup full of fresh fruits is a healthy and delicious breakfast for anyone who is looking for some energy for the day.
Apples are high in pectin, which binds with water and limits the amount of fat your cells can absorb. Apples are also high in fiber, which makes you feel full; numerous studies have found that eating an apple a half hour to an hour before a meal has the result of cutting the calories of the meal. An apple (or two) a day, keeps the weight at bay!
- Low fat dairy products
‘Low fat’ must have given you much of the idea. Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism.
- Green tea
By now all of us know the beneficial properties of green tea. Drinking as much as 4 cups of green tea every day helps people to shed more than 3 kilos in 8 weeks. Credits go to EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.
- Hot peppers/chillies
Now you know why people who eat lots of chillies are usually so thin. Capsaicin, the compound which gives chilli peppers their kick, heats up your body which helps it in melting extra calories. It does not matter which form you eat the chillies in. However, that does not mean that you will gorge on chillies alone. They can severely mess up the gastric linings in your stomach or cause a bad stomach.