Foods That Boost Your Metabolism

Why is it that some foods that make you fat and others don't? This because the foods that cause you to gain weight take very little energy to burn. They are processed almost immediately and usually stored in your body as fat. Foods that make you skinnier are usually foods are harder to digest and therefore speed up metabolism by using up more energy during the digestion.

The foods that speed up metabolism are classified as "negative calorie foods". These foods do not have some mystical properties that erase the number of calories in your body (don't I wish?) so the name can be a bit misleading.

What actually happens is that these foods cause your body work harder during the digestion process. Foods like this already contain a decreased amount of calories to begin. They are also full of fibrous materials that the system can't easily break down; therefore it uses more energy during the process.

So this means that your body requires more energy to turn the food into fuel (burns more calories) than the total amount of calories in the food to begin with. Thus, there is a negative amount of calories; you've used enough energy to burn off the calories of the food you ate PLUS some! Then your body uses stored fat as energy to complete the digestion process, thereby boosting up your metabolism.

Are you confused? Here is another example to explain what I mean.

Half of a grapefruit contains about 40 calories and it takes your body 90 calories to digest it. You have used all of the grapefruit's 40 calories PLUS 50 additional calories from stored fat resulting in a net calorie loss. This is where the term negative calories comes from.

It works the opposite for most of us. We eat a decadent chocolate brownie that contains 175 calories but our body on uses 75 calories to digest it. We now have GAINED 100 calories to be stored as fat for later use. Problem is, unless you are exercising regularly to actually USE those calories, they're going to just sit there around your waist accruing like the interest of a retail credit card until one day it will hit you and you'll wonder, "where did this thing COME from?!"

So to get you started with negative calorie foods that speed up metabolism, I have created an extensive list consisting of mostly fruits and vegetables. Add these to your menu and you will begin to see and feel the natural changes in your body.

Salads are always a good choice. Create your own using lettuce, tomato, onion, carrots cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and radish. Be sure not to load up on the salad dressing. You can add toppings like raisins or sunflower used in smaller quantities.

Steamed veggies as a side dish - broccoli, carrots, onion, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, green beans, spinach, zucchini; flavor with garlic.

Fruit cup - strawberries, apple slices, cranberries, mango, orange, pineapple, raspberries, tangerine, papaya, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon.

Smoothies are always a welcome item. You can use any combination of the fruits above mixed with ice or low fat frozen yogurt. You can also use these fruits in their juice form however fresh-squeezed is healthier than juice from concentrate.

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