7 Metabolism Miracle Foods For Women Over 30 (You’ll Love #4)
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If you’re like many women over 40, you’ve probably noticed that it’s become a lot easier to gain a few pounds than to lose them. The foods that you ate without care in your 20s and 30s now stick to your body like glue, adding bulk to your midsection. The good news: The solution to a slim, firm body at 40-plus is no farther than your fridge. Research shows that, when combined with a little regular exercise, what you eat and when you eat it are your metabolic secret weapons for building muscle mass, the body’s prime calorie-burning tissue and a key driver of your metabolism.
But too-tight jeans, a puffy midsection, and an increased risk of diabetes don’t have to be your future. (Your chances of winding up with all of the above increase with each pound of muscle you lose.) Here’s 7 foods to start including in your meal planning NOW to safeguard muscle mass and turn up the heat on your body’s natural calorie-frying furnace.
Protein and fiber are two of the building blocks of boosting your metabolism, so beans, rich in both, are a good choice.
“Dietary proteins take more calories to digest than any other macronutrient,” says author of “Belly Fat for Dummies,” Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE. “When you boost your intake of protein, you naturally begin to burn more calories each day.”
But that’s not the only reason that beans are good for your metabolism. Most types of beans are rich in iron. Iron is an important mineral that helps transport oxygen to muscles, needed to burn fat. Iron helps our bodies make energy.
2. Lean Chicken or Turkey
I’ve already addressed the power of protein, but turkey and chicken are a particularly good source, since they are high in protein and low in fat, giving you the best bang for your buck.
Protein builds muscle and helps to burn calories since your body is working harder to process it. Since chicken and turkey are both low in calories already, the calorie-burning properties here are magnified.
3. Coconut Oil
Yes, as counter-intuitive as it might seem, there are some fats that help boost your metabolism. Besides avocados, coconut oil is my “favorite fat.”
It is high in medium chain fatty acids – which a more easily converted into energy than other kinds, so it helps to boost the metabolism and is less likely to get stored as fat. It supports the thyroid gland too – which is essential to a top-notch metabolism.
This is probably good news for a lot of you out there – yes, dark chocolate (70% or higher cacao) can help boost your metabolism.
Raw cacao is one of the best food sources of magnesium, and magnesium helps to support healthy glucose levels. Magnesium also stimulates the fat-burning hormone adiponectin.
As with all sweets, less is better, but a bit of dark chocolate won’t hurt your efforts towards a better metabolism and might even give you the boost — emotional and physical — that you need.
Hard work, consistent, and diligent habits of eating the right way burns more calories and a reminder that magic pills and potions don’t work!
But that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. My suggestion? Incorporate strength training, intervals, fasted-meals, and up your protein intake to your weight loss plan and you’ll be leaner, healthier while enjoying the foods you love that will help your metabolism roaring to take your weight loss to the next level.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar is a great metabolism booster! Mixing it with some lemon juice, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne, and a drop of raw honey before drinking…if you wanted a legit fat-burner, this concoction right here is GOLD!
Apple Cider vinegar helps to boost your stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid (HCA) which helps you to easily digest your food and better absorb nutrients.
If that wasn’t enough, it also an important role in leveling blood sugar levels, which helps to curb cravings. Boom double-edge sword!
6. Green Tea
Epigallocatechin gallate is the form of catechin found in green tea and a substance that has been proven to enhance the fat burning process.
A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found that green tea-extract boosted the metabolism by 4 percent over a 24 hour period. To put that into perspective, three to five cups a day can help you burn an extra 70 calories a day, which would add up to seven pounds a year, 35 pounds in a 5-year period and 70 pounds in 10 years. 😮
Last but really not last is water. In fact, agua is the starting point for a boosted metabolism. Studies have found that drinking water increases metabolic rate by 30 percent. Increasing your fluid intake can help your body to more effectively break down fat. In addition, even slight dehydration can slow metabolism.
Add to that its natural appetite suppression, and water may be your metabolism’s new best friend.
Overall, it’s important to remember that every small step counts, but none of these steps is a magic formula in of itself. The journey towards healthy living is just that, a journey.
With the right recipes and guidance, you can enjoy a treat without worrying about your waistline!
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