7 Foods That Boost Your Calorie Burn

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 14, 2015

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We know that cutting calories is the best way to lose weight. But that isn’t fast enough. According to researchers, eating certain types of foods can rev metabolism, curb appetite, and help one to lose significant weight.
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    Calories, Calories, Go Away!

    Calories: You count them, you save them, and you burn as many of them as you can. But is your strategy working? If you're like other so many people who are not so successfully trying to lose weight and keep it off, the answer is no. It is because what you think you know about calories is simply not true. Just cutting down on calories isn’t the best way to lose weight and to do that fast. Research shows that eating certain types of foods can rev your metabolism, curb your appetite, and help you lose more weight than others. Here are 7 foods that boost your calorie burn and help you shed kilos faster.

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    They are a super protein and contain all nine of the essential amino acids your body needs to flourish. Research has repeatedly found that people who eat eggs for breakfast feel fuller longer, reduce their overall daily caloric consumption, and lose weight. Experts have consistently been telling people that eating a protein-rich breakfast lowers appetite throughout the day. Your best bet is to eat more calories while you are physically active, so that egg breakfast offers a perfect combination.

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    Ask us to name a fat-burning powerhouse that boosts metabolism, and we shall name cinnamon. It has been proved to help your body block the absorption of glucose and enhance the action of insulin to clear sugar from your blood. The anti-inflammatory agent also counteracts the effects of obesity. Cinnamon has been demonstrated to slow gastric emptying, which stabilizes blood sugar by slowing its transit into the small intestine. Just add cinnamon liberally to your daily cup of coffee.

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    Berries have abundant disease-fighting polyphenols. They are compounds that provide many cardiovascular protective benefits. Cranberries, strawberries, and blueberries, particularly have these notable effects. Studies suggest these compounds reduce body-weight gain, inhibit fat accumulation, possess anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, and alter gut flora to inhibit the growth of harmful pathogens. In a blender, place some leftover brewed green tea, coconut milk, protein powder, blueberries, spinach, ground seeds, oil, stevia, cinnamon, and ice. Process it until smooth; drink immediately.

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    Touted as a "universal remedy," ginger is really that. Consume it for its anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulating effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Ginger also eases hunger, increases fat burn, and can be used as a home remedy to help ease symptoms of digestive complaints, including constipation, dyspepsia, belching, bloating, epigastric discomfort, indigestion, and nausea. You could add a little ginger to your stir-fry, or steep it in a cup of hot water for a delicious ginger tea. It will not only calm your stomach but also help you burn fat.

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    Green Tea

    Just like black tea and coffee, green tea green tea is super beverages for a lean metabolism. It has a number of benefits for weight loss and fat burning. Green tea's caffeine enhances energy expenditure and fat oxidation by activating the sympathetic nervous system, while the polyphenols counteract the reflex decrease in the resting metabolic rate that usually accompanies weight loss. Have two to three cups of caffeinated green tea daily. In fact, it appears to have a prebiotic effect, too. The catechins present in it help improve the health of your GI tract in a way that balances hunger hormones.

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    They contain high amounts of healthy anti-inflammatory fats, a decent amount of protein, tons of healing phytonutrients, and a magnificent amount of fibre (11 to 17 grams per avocado!). Avocado oil is especially high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), including an omega-9 fat called oleic acid—a MUFA that has been shown to calm hunger. And for your information, MUFA-rich diets also protect against abdominal fat. Have as little as half an avocado a day to reduce hunger for approximately five hours after eating, along with increasing overall levels of satisfaction.

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    Cayenne Peppers

    Capsaicin triggers your stress hormone response system and so it lights up your fat-burning metabolism. When your sympathetic nervous system (also known as the fight-or-flight response) is activated, hormones called catecholamines—such as epinephrine and norepinephrine—are released into the bloodstream. This process increases thermogenesis, whereby fat is oxidized more effectively. That means your fat becomes fuel for your metabolic fire in as few as 20 minutes after eating cayenne.

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