Today I read an interesting blog posting by Lynn Harris on foods that speed up metabolism. Looks like I need to revamp my selections, especially the veggies/fruits.
Here’s a summary:
Good foods: spinach, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, cabbage, beet roots, assorted beans and dark, leafy vegetables; fruits—blueberries, melons, apples, citrus fruits, tomatoes; skinless poultry, eggs, fish; nuts, peanut butter; whole grains—brown rice, cereal, barley, oats. (Omega 3 fatty acids in fish boost metabolism by burning up to 400 calories/day—fat burning enzymes increase while those that store fat decrease; if you’re not a fish fan, take omega 3 capsules that contain a minimum of 300 mg total of EPA and DHA.) Foods with B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber help to increase metabolism.
Portion control/count calories. Watch serving sizes. Aim for small meals and healthy snacks throughout day to keep sugar levels in check. She says there are “negative calorie foods” that burn more calories during digestion than what they contain themselves. I wish she would have mentioned what those are. If dark chocolate were included, that would totally make my day. 😉 Anyway, she did mention there is such thing as “too much of a good thing,” so all things in moderation.
Good habits: drink 6-8 glasses of water, exercise minimum of 3 times a week, build muscle tone with free weights to help stimulate metabolism.
Another thing she forgot to mention—get enough rest. I’ve noticed a difference in terms of weight loss/gain when I get a good night’s rest vs. when I don’t. Now, if only the Princess would cooperate, I’d be more than half-way there.