Nutrition | Metabolism and food

What foods should I take that will help boost my metabolism the most? Ive heard that the time that I eat food also matters. Is that true?


Posted by Reply
3/4/2003 12:39:41 AM
Thanks for the advice! What about protein and metabolism? Ive also read that protein actually increases your metabolism a certain amount higher than fat. Is that true?

Myfit Expert
78 Posts
2/27/2003 4:38:22 PM
Good question!

First off, please remember that genetics does play a key role in your metabolic rate. That's why some people can eat what they want and not gain weight. Don't you just hate those people? However, there are a few foods that have been proven to raise your metabolism.

Spices and spicy foods have been proven to raise your metabolism. That's why people tend to sweat whenever they eat hot wings or Thai food.

Studies indicate that caffeine does raise your metabolism. In fact, if you drink a cup of coffee or any other caffeine drink before a workout, this has been proven to help you burn more calories during your workout. Please keep in mind though, that for some people, this may also send you running to the bathroom half way into your workout.

Eating Negative Calorie Foods
These are foods that require more energy to digest it than it actually gives you. Examples of these are celery, apples, broccoli, cranberries, and lettuce.

Remember that by exercising, you will increase your resting metabolic rate and therefore burn more calories. Try to get most of your calories early in the day, especially most of your carbs. Try not to eat carbs after 6pm and get plenty of water throughout the day.

Good luck!

For a complete list of foods that speed metabolism check out the link here.

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