As you all know I have been sick the last couple of days with a head cold. Whats seriously bad with a head cold is that you can’t remember anything! Feels like your wrapped up in bubble wrap (without the pleasure of popping them). So I had missed my Guest Post Tuesday. However, I loved the post that I was to do so I am sharing it with all of you today!
So without further talking from me, I give you –
Boost Your Metabolism With These 5 Veggies
Anyone trying to lose weight or who just wants to improve their health knows they should eat lots of vegetables. If you’ve already been eating your veggies, here’s some good news for you: certain veggies can speed up your metabolism, causing you to burn calories at an even faster rate! Boost your metabolism by stocking up on these five veggies and enjoy the health benefits that come with increased consumption of vegetables while losing weight at the same time.
Spicy vegetables such as jalapenos can cause your metabolism to skyrocket for hours! Jalapenos contain capsaicin, a substance that makes them spicy. Capsaicin also increases your metabolism. You might have noticed that your heart beats faster and you start to sweat when you’ve had spicy food. This spike in your metabolism can last for hours after eating.
Like jalapenos, chillis contain high levels of capsaicin, which can cause a spike in your metabolism that can last for hours after eating. Chillis will not only make you perspire but will also boost your metabolism and oxidize fat. The spiciest part of the chilli is the seeds, and some types of chillis are spicier than others, so if you find yourself unable to handle the spiciness scrape out the seeds and slice thinly.
The more quickly and efficiently your body digests your food, the more calories can be burned and the less fat will be stored. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C and calcium, both of which help to make calorie burning quick and efficient with minimal storage of fat. Calcium is essential for efficient metabolism, and Vitamin C enables your body to absorb more calcium.
Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach are low in calories and high in fibre. This means your body can expend even more calories digesting the vegetables than are actually contained in them, causing you to burn calories as you eat. There’s nothing quite like losing weight as you eat!
Vegetables rich in Vitamin C, such as bell peppers, can boost your metabolism by helping your body to oxidise fat. Bell peppers aren’t spicy like chilli peppers and do not contain enough capsaicin to enable you to boost your metabolism in the same way chillis do. However, the high levels of Vitamin C in red bell peppers especially make them a suitable vegetable to add to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you should already be adding more vegetables to your diet. When you’re hoping to boost your metabolism, it is useful to remember that spicy foods tend to cause a spike in your metabolism. Low calorie vegetables that are high in fibre tend to lead to calorie burning due to the effort required to digest them. Most importantly, many vegetables are rich in the vitamins and minerals needed for efficient calorie burning, such as calcium and Vitamin C. There has never been a better time to eat your veggies.
Romayne Warner is an international student coordinator at a local Melbourne university, and spends time advising international students about the importance of overseas students health cover and other ways to stay healthy whilst in Australia.