Improve Your Metabolism With Fruits & Vegetables
One of the keys to having better health and a fit body is by keeping up your body’s metabolism. But metabolism can be a very misunderstood bodily concept, so it is important to know what it is first.
Metabolism basically is the process of your body utilizing proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and breaking them down as “fuel” for your body. It involves the amount of fuel in the form of proteins, fats, and carbs that you take in, and the amount of fuel you use up.
The key therefore is to strike a balance between the two – by consuming the proper amount of food relative to the amount of energy you require for your everyday activities.
Most trainers and fitness experts concentrate on the “energy expended” side, and recommend regular exercise and routines to keep your body in par with the food you eat. By exercising and developing your body, you give your body another channel to burn the calories that would otherwise be unneeded.
If we fail to take care for our body, and consume more calories than we need, this could lead to health problems such as obesity which could in turn lead to diabetes, hypertension, and digestive disorders such as heartburn, ulcers etc.
But for those who are too busy to go to the gym, or are just plain not the gym-going type, you can also manage your body’s metabolism through your diet. By watching what you eat and being more aware of your diet in relation to the activities you go through each day, you can take control of your metabolism and start living better.
They say fruits and vegetables can only be good for you, and they are also the perfect companions to a better metabolism. Here are some great food choices that are not only filling and satisfying, but also good for your metabolism:
- Chili Peppers: Peppers, and not limited to the hotter varieties, contain substances that turns up the metabolism in an instant. Its not really a coincidence that the spicy and hot sensation one gets from eating peppers makes you sweat and gets the blood really flowing.
- Avocados: When in season, be sure to grab some avocados. This rich and creamy treat is also rich in amino acids, and contains omega-3 which is good for the heart. A quick tip: toss them up quick on a grill, and add a slice or two with some grilled chicken or lean burger for a quick sandwich.
- Spinach: Surprisingly, spinach contains plenty of protein outside of meats and dairy products; proteins that help build and develop muscles that serve as calorie-burning “factories.” Steam your spinach in a bunch as it wilts quickly and sauté quickly in some olive oil and garlic for a nice side dish.
- Grapefruit: The humble grapefruit, and other citrus fruits for that matter, are rich in vitamin C, and can really ramp up your metabolism, and have the added fat-burning effect too.
- Apples: Lastly, apart from being one of the most accessible and common fruits to get your hands on, adding an apple a day to your diet not only keeps the doctor a way, but can also help trim that tummy.