9 Foods That Boost Your Calorie Burn Hitting the gym isn’t the only way to torch cals.PUBLISHED: JANUARY 9, 2015 | BY RODALE NEWS
This article was written by Gerard Mullin, M.D., and provided by our partners at Rodale News.
Ignite your metabolism to burn extra calories every day! These miracle foods from the Good Gut
Diet (published by Rodale, Women's Health's parent company) will speed up your body's natural calorie burn
so you can finally see the results you've always wanted.
Capsaicin lights up your fat-burning metabolism as few other spices can, in part because it triggers your stress
hormone response system. 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.
Use it: Stay away from capsaicin supplements—take it in its whole food form instead.
Gluten-free quinoa is high in magnesium, which is a key regulator of energy and promotes good blood
sugar control. Another perk: It's filling. A study at the University of Milan showed that quinoa has a
satiating effect—the highest among the gluten-free grains.
Use it: Two cautions: First, quinoa is coated with saponin—a potentially toxic, bitter-tasting chemical.
So rinse it thoroughly before cooking—rinsing doesn't diminish the nutritional benefits of quinoa.
Second, be aware that this superfood is high in oxalates, which could be a problem
for folks who tend to form oxalate kidney stones.
Avocados are one of the rare foods containing high amounts of healthy anti-inflammatory fats, a decent
amount of protein, tons of healing phytonutrients, and a magnificent amount of fiber (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 quiet hunger. MUFA-rich diets also protect against
Use it: As little as half an avocado a day may reduce hunger for five hours after eating, along with increasing
overall levels of satisfaction.
When it comes to weight loss and fat burning, green tea has a number of benefits that make it, black tea, and
coffee super beverages for a lean metabolism. 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 metabolicrate that usually accompanies weightloss.
Use it: Shoot for two to three cups of caffeinated green tea daily. Green tea appears to have a prebiotic
effect, too—it helps support the growth of the fat-burning friendly flora. Its catechins also help improve
the health of your GI tract in a way that balances hunger hormones.
Often referred to as a "universal remedy," ginger consumption has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive,
glucose-sensitizing, and stimulating effects on the gastrointestinal tract.
The spice 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.
Use it: Try adding a little ginger to your stir-fry, or steep it in a cup of hot water for a delicious ginger tea. It will
calm your stomach as it helps you burn fat.
Berries are rich in disease-fighting polyphenols—compounds that provide many cardiovascular
protective benefits. These effects are particularly notable in cranberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
Studies suggest these compounds reduce body-weight gain, inhibit fat accumulation, possess anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic
Cinnamon is a fat-burning powerhouse that boosts metabolism and 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. It's been shown to slow gastric
emptying, which stabilizes blood sugar by slowing its transit into the small intestine.
Use it: Add cinnamon liberally to your daily cup of coffee.
Chia has been used as a medicinal food in Central and South America and across many cultures to prevent
diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Loaded with healthy anti-inflammatory fats, protein, and fiber,
these seeds also help prolong fullness. A mere tablespoon of this powerful plant food packs a
walloping 2,500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, 4.5 grams of fiber, three grams of protein, and a
boatload of phytonutrients.
Use it: Try one of these 10 chia seed ideas
Eggs are a super protein. Theycontain all nine of the essential amino acids your body needs to thrive.
It's been shown repeatedly that people who eat eggs for breakfast feel fuller longer, reduce
their overall daily caloric consumption, and lose weight. Studies consistently show that eating
a protein-rich breakfast lowers appetite throughout the day.
Use it: Your best bet is to eat more calories while you are physically active—so that egg breakfast offers a