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what foods are good for speeding up metabolism ?


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Have heard you can eat certain foods to speed up your metabolism e.g grapefruit chilli etc what else is good ?

Edited Feb 18 2012 13:42 by coach_k
Reason: Moved to the Foods Forum as more appropriate
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if you want to speed up your metabolism, exercise.

metabolism is the sum of all chemical processes in your body, and is determined by genetics, lifestyle, exercise habits, body composition.. etc. NOT types of food that you eat. 

its not that simple. 

 

Yea, they are both right. I am 35 and it took me YEARS to finally realize there wasnt a magic pill, shot, or food that will burn fat off  - it really is exercise and watching calories.

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Okay thanks I do watch my calorie intake and do cardio and toning just thought there might be some foods that could help along the way but take it it's just a myth
Original Post by sandral38:

Have heard you can eat certain foods to speed up your metabolism e.g grapefruit chilli etc what else is good ?

Green Tea, but the speeding up is equivalent two a few pounds a year! So justeat food you like, that are healthy, and exercise!

To tell you the truth, I always heard grapefruit also, so I will eat it just in case, lol..but I would not soley depend on it. Others that I heard were oranges, (citrus), watermelon, and like that other person said, green tea. These I eat all the time mainly because I love them, but hey, if it helps any in weight loss that's just a bonus.

I've heard that certain foods can help to increase your metabolic rate slightly, which pretty much means a truly tiny amount, however, most foods they (medical "experts") claim speed up your metabolism are healthy, good for you foods anyway. Like hot spices, reasonable amounts of caffine, raw vegetables, crunchy fruits and whole grains. Mainly they suggest that you eat whole foods that aren't processed or broken down because the process of your body breaking down the food can increase your metabolism. so eat away! :) Your metabolic rate may not jump through the roof, but your health will certainly improve from eating a variety of whole, unprocessed, raw fruits and your immune system will appreciate the spices and antioxidants as well. Hope this is even slightly helpful!

P.S. as others have metioned exercise is the best way to speed up metabolism,especially when exercise builds muscle! Best of luck!

I have heard a bunch of things over the years...  I've heard grapefruit and lemon (sour foods), I heard stuff like curry and mustard (hot foods).  I've also heard green tea, caffeine, even natural sugars!  Every time, the argument made seemed logical and made sense, until I did the research.  The answer I got was that metabolism may be increased in certain people by certain foods, but the increase of metabolic rate is only negligible.

I also did come across the solution for increasing metabolic rate, and it echoes what everyone else here has posted!  And here it is folks (do no great surprise)...

EXERCISE :)

Exercise combined with eating enough of the right foods (by right foods I mean healthy choices that allow your body to get all the nutrients it needs) will result in a healthier body :)

Sounds simple and easy, now if only that was the case...

Sorry about the multiple posts there...  Computer bugged out on me :S

thhq
Feb 18 2012 22:42
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Pepper is supposed to be able to speed up you metabolism by maybe 20 calories a day.

You could get the same effect by walking around the block twice.
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Ahh thanks all will include some of theses in my diet and keep increasing the exercise and if I lose more and feel healthier it's a bonus

Pepper?? really. Well, I use alot of it so it cant hurt then.

Foods high in protein and fiber. If you eat a snack under 200 calories high in protein and fiber, 2 hours before you eat dinner. Then the protein bonds with the good bacteria to increase metabolism. I watched Dr Oz and took pictures of these fat blasting recipes. One was sliced apple I put laughing cow Swiss cheese wedge on them and a drop of lemon. It was a thrill to my pallet, if u know what I mean. You can get those recipes from dr Oz website.
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Feb 19 2012 15:17
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Here's a controlled test with chili pepper that shows the effect. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/14649970 /

BMR is increased by 20% for half an hour by eating 5g chili pepper. In my case, with BMR of 70 cals/hour, I would expect .2 x .5 x 70 = 7 calories every meal, or about 20 calories a day over 3 spicy meals.
Original Post by thhq:

Here's a controlled test with chili pepper that shows the effect. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/14649970 /

BMR is increased by 20% for half an hour by eating 5g chili pepper. In my case, with BMR of 70 cals/hour, I would expect .2 x .5 x 70 = 7 calories every meal, or about 20 calories a day over 3 spicy meals.

That would actually make chili pepper a negative food! 5g of chilli pepper = 21 cals!

So If you ate say 5 g of chili peppers every half hour say for half the day, at your BMR you would actually burn 24 x 50 cals (net) = 600 cals! I believe, I read a study that showed that eating chili didn't have a lasting effect, your body must get used to it.

You have to eat a healthy or light snack every 2 hours so that your metabolism is maintain and increasing. It takes 4-7 hours for your stomach to process the foods. Also to add to that, exercise! I'm recovering from the master cleanse because I lost my metabolism so I'm constantly watching my calorie intake and gradually work my time up on cardio. I noticed that my metabolism gone up because after running I'm doing number two lol and I'm not hungry as much

grapefruit, apple, pears, broccoli, yogurt, lean turkey and oatmeal 

thhq
Feb 20 2012 20:58
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ianheavy, if I ate 5g of chili peppers every hour calories wouldn't be the only thing I'd be burning.
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ianheavy, if I ate 5g of chili peppers every hour calories wouldn't be the only thing I'd be burning.

lol! Fire in the hole!

When I was trying to speed up my metabolism I heard of foods helping too. I personally think... coming from someone who lost about 35 lbs (now am underweight) food is not going to speed up metabolism. But I know that certain foods supress your appetite. Take peanut butter for example, (organic/natural is best... no hidden processed ingredients or added sugars) a spoonful or two more than likely will supress your appetite. Some of my favorites include a lot of spices such as pepper, cinnamon <3!, and red pepper. Red pepper has a very hot spicy taste that lingers a while and makes me reach for water or fruit rather than more of whatever it is on. Overall, excercise will do the trick. Good luck! :)

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