Using Herbs and Spices to Increase Your Metabolism

We are now going to look at how using herbs and spices can increase your metabolism.  Before we do however we are going to have a quick look at some of the secrets to a fast metabolism.

Do you know the Secrets To A Fast Metabolism

Kitchen garden at Bolen residenceHaving a fast metabolism sounds great, doesn’t it? Imagine being able to eat more food than you do now and actually lose weight? Can this be possible?

While your metabolism does have a lot to do with how many calories you eat, the notion that you can speed up your metabolism so much that you can eat anything you want and still lose weight is a little silly. However, there are things you can do to get your metabolism revved up to a point where you can eat decent meals that leave you satisfied without packing on the pounds.

Even if you have a good metabolism you still can’t sit around all day eating

The first thing I need to say here is you’re not going to be able to boost your metabolism to the point where you can sit around eating chocolate cake all day and still be thin. In fact, a big part of boosting your metabolism is eating well-balanced, healthy meals.

Another part is, of course, exercise. You want to combine cardiovascular exercise, which will raise your metabolism temporarily, with weight training which will raise your overall basal metabolic rate and allow you to burn more calories than you do now while you are at rest and play.

Do exercise before you eat

When you’re considering your cardiovascular exercise routine, you might want to schedule it in before a meal. This will not only help to curb your hunger but it will also raise your metabolism for a few hours after exercise is finished, therefore, allowing you to burn more calories during the meal itself.

Everyone knows that muscle burns more calories than fat so, if you want to raise your metabolism to peak levels, your goal should you have a lean body that is as muscular as you can get. In order to do this, you need to get serious about your weight training program. Now, Iím not saying you have to train to be in a weightlifting competition but you want to beef up the exercises that you do on all your major muscle groups whether it be with free weights or machines. The more muscle you can have on your body, the faster your metabolism will be.

You are what you eat!

The final ingredient in the secret to a fast metabolism is the meals that you eat. First of all, never skip a meal! When you do this your metabolism slows way down because it goes into conservation mode thinking that it needs to conserve energy since the food is available. Unfortunately, your metabolism doesn’t realize that the next meal is sitting right in the fridge and skipping meals can do a lot more harm than good.

You want to be sure to eat several smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to your main three meals. What this will do is keep your metabolism stoked, kind of like you to keep a fire stoked by continually adding pieces of wood. This will allow you to generally burn more calories throughout the day.

Your meals should consist of lean protein, whole-grain and vegetables along with a little bit of fruit if you like. You want to include all three of these elements in a meal because it is more nutritionally balanced and will help your body to process the food more efficiently.

While there is no ìmagic pillî for a fast metabolism, putting these steps into practice will help you speed yours up as well as increase your overall health!

Using Herbs And Spices To Increase Metabolism

If you are trying to lose weight, then you know that every little bit counts and when it comes to boosting your metabolism, so that you burn more calories, eating herbs and spices can been easy way to get an edge. There are certain herbs and spices that cause your body to work a little bit harder and, therefore, can help you to burn more of the calories you take in.

Pepper is a great metabolism booster

Many of the warming herbs like cayenne pepper can help to heat the body up. This in turn raises your metabolism. It can also improve digestion and helps to stimulate the body. Ginger is another warming herb that can help increase your circulation as well as your metabolism. And when it comes to metabolism boosting herbs, one can’t forget to mention cinnamon which nearly everyone is familiar with. Cinnamon has actually been used in medicine for ages and is full of antioxidants but is also known to have a positive effect on metabolism.

Have you tried Green Tea?

Green tea is another herb that has actually been proven in studies to increase metabolism. Green tea does have caffeine in it which is a stimulant and can increase metabolism on its own, but the study showed that the increase was not due to strictly the caffeine there is actually something in the herb itself that gives your metabolism a boost.

While you might not think of it as an herb, seaweed can be a great metabolism booster as well. This herb from the sea is actually loaded with nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and is high in fiber too. It helps to keep your thyroid healthy which in turn helps keep your metabolism healthy. In addition it can help your digestive system act more efficiently.

Burdock and nettle are two lesser-known herbs that can help give your metabolism a little boost. Burdoch also acts as a blood purifier and can help reduce cravings and tamper hunger. Nettle is actually very nutritious and has a positive effect on weight loss that is really still kind of a mystery although scientists believe it helps to feed the cells thus causing the body to be more nutritionally satisfied.

Start enjoying those spicy foods

Spicy foods like mustard and hot pepper sauce can help raise your metabolism too. In fact, studies showed that eating these foods with your meals can boost your metabolism by 25%. So, if you like spicy foods you may be able to help your weight loss along by adding more spices to more meals.

Adding these herbs and spices to your daily eating regimen will not only help improve metabolism but many of them have other health benefits as well. They are loaded in nutrients, vitamins and minerals and have powerful healing properties. Plus, a lot of them just plain taste good so incorporating them into your meals should be a delicious way to help you lose more weight.

Did you learn a trick or two here?  Let me know in the comments section below!

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