It’s an old saying, but true – you are what you eat. Everything your body needs to function must be provided by the food you eat. It stands to reason, then that if you eat rubbish, you will probably feel rubbish!
It is very simple to boost your metabolism, so that you burn off excess calories to maintain a healthy weight and keep your body looking and feeling great! This article suggests fruits which will help.
What is Metabolism?
Metabolism is the word used for the process of turning what you eat into energy and maintaining your body’s healthy functioning.
Five Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism
1. In addition to incorporating the fruits below into your diet, take some moderate exercise every day, even if that’s just a stroll or some gentle stretching. Find something fun that will make you slightly out of breath and aim for at least 20 minutes per day.
Movement raises your metabolism, which means that you will be burning off calories at a faster rate even while you are sleeping!
2. Drink fresh water. Your body is largely made up of water, and we use water in all our processes. You have to keep the levels in your body topped up. Even mild dehydration can make you feel slow, headache-y, short-tempered and dizzy.
The great news is that water is cheap and calorie free, so have as much as you like! A small amount of fruit juice can make it more interesting.
3. Cut down on fizzy drinks and caffeine. Even sugar-free carbonated drinks can make you feel bloated and sluggish. Some also contain as much caffeine as coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant and your body gets used to that “high” leaving us feeling down without it. It also has a diuretic effect, which means it increases dehydration, rather than slaking our thirst.
There are caffeine-free alternatives to tea and coffee. Fruit teas and fruit juices make a healthy alternative to carbonated drinks.
4. Eat breakfast! Your body has evolved to deal efficiently with periods of food scarcity by slowing down our metabolism to conserve energy. If you skip meals, this sends a message that food is scarce, so your metabolism slows. Scientists have discovered that children who eat breakfast do better at school, with increased concentration.
Eating breakfast tells your body to start processing, and literally jumpstarts your metabolism for the day. Any of the fruits mentioned below would be an excellent addition to a healthy breakfast.
5. Eat frequent small meals, rather than big blow-outs. As mentioned above, bodies respond to our food intake by speeding up, or slowing down our metabolism. By taking in a small amount of food, our metabolism is boosted. By contrast, eating a huge meal overloads the body’s ability to process it, and metabolism is slowed. That is why you feel sluggish and sleepy after a large meal.
Fruits That Will Boost Your Metabolism
Fruit and vegetables contain minerals, vitamins, fibre, carbohydrates and beneficial plant chemicals which are essential for our health. Everyone is encouraged by the World Health Organisation to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
Here are some ideas for adding fruits to your diet that will boost your metabolism and have you bursting with energy!
Dried fruits, such as raisins, sultanas and dates are stored sunshine. They provide calcium, betacarotene and iron. Try them to add sweetness to breakfast, instead of buying high-sugar cereals.
Bananas are excellent for boosting your metabolism. Again, they are satisfying for anyone with a sweet tooth, and they contain potassium, which supports muscle development, so will be particularly beneficial in conjunction with your exercise regimen.
If you don’t usually eat breakfast, a nutritious smoothie made from bananas and other fruits, such as fresh mangoes, or frozen berries can be an excellent alternative.
Grapefruit, and other citrus fruits, such as oranges, contain vitamin C which most people know is excellent for supporting the immune system to deal with colds and other infections. Grapefruit has also been suggested to lower cholesterol, although grapefruit must not be eaten by anyone taking statin drugs, because of interactions. Adding citrus fruit to your diet, or drinking a glass of juice a day is a healthy way of boosting your metabolism and immune system for most people.
Berries are another delicious way of boosting general health levels and your metabolism. They can be picked when plentiful during the summer months, and are delicious eaten fresh, but can also be frozen so they are available to bring a taste of summer sunshine to the dark winter days. Blackcurrants, cooked with a little sugar then passed through a sieve make an excellent cordial which is warming and comforting diluted with a little warm water. Raspberries and strawberries freeze well, although they collapse a little when defrosted, and are best used in smoothies or heated and poured over cold fat free fromage frais or frozen yogurt.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, which can help protect against some cancers. And they are actually a fruit! Cherry tomatoes are particularly high in a plant chemical called lycopene, which protects against prostate cancer, and they are delicious as a healthy snack throughout the day.
In fact, fruit is an excellent way of carrying a healthy snack with you so that you can eat frequent small meals throughout your day. Bananas are particularly well packaged by Mother Nature for carrying with you, as are citrus fruits; and dried fruits are very nutritious, and easy to pack and keep in a desk drawer or handbag to help you avoid the temptation of sugary snacks when out and about.
Incorporate these fruits into your diet and get your own metabolism working for you in the fight to stay trim and healthy!