Some foods act almost like amphetamines as they jump-start the fat-melting mechanism of the body that is our metabolism. It is the contention of the Men’s Fitness Center of AOL Healththat these thermogenic foods burn calories without exercise. You lose the weight, “. . . just by sitting there and listening to yourself digest.”
However, there is more to the story. Dr. Janet Walberg-Rankin, professor of exercise physiology at Virginia Tech, assures us that “The only way to alter your resting metabolism permanently is to gain weight, lose weight, or to build extra muscle.” These speedy fat burners are temporary stimuli to increase metabolism, but, if included in a normal diet routine of healthy eating and exercise, they will help you lose weight.
Calcium in Dairy Products
Calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt, are metabolic triggers that increase breakdown in fat cells. Dr. Michael Zemel, Professor of Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Tennessee (Obesity Research, April 2004, vol 12; pp582-590) suggests that dieters who consumed 1,200 to 1,300 mg of calcium daily almost doubled their weight loss during the course of the diet. After a nutritious breakfast, drinking milk,or eating some cheese during the day, causes these metabolic triggers to re-fire and increase the metabolic rate.
According to Dr. Zemel, calcium supplements do not work as well as three or four daily servings of milk or dairy products rich in complex carbohydrates that boost your metabolism and keep your insulin levels low after eating.
Whole grain cereal
Complex carbohydrates from whole grains also support increased metabolism by keeping insulin low after a meal. This interrupts any signals to your body that it is time to start storing fat. Dr. Enmma Stevenson at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, advances the conversation when she advises, “For the best fat-burning benefits, eat a breakfast of whole grains and then take a walk.”
Jalapenos, Habaneros, and Other Hot Peppers
Dr. Susan Roberts, chief of the energy-metabolism laboratory at Tufts University, tells us the chemical, capsaicin, found in jalapenos and most other hot peppers, not only contributes spice and flavor to dishes, but speeds up metabolic rates. Dr. Roberts, a proponent of following your best instinctsin dieting, suggests small, spicy low-fat snacks of vegetables, fruits, and high fibers during the day, as well as spicy dishes at mealtime. Dr. Roberts further advises that a spicy appetizer before dinner will encourage a smaller caloric intake during the meal and an increased metabolic rate that discourages the body from storing unwanted fat.
Green tea is rich in a category of catechin polyphenols, including epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which works with other chemicals to prompt the metabolism to increase and burn calories. Dr. T.Nagao, Health Care Products Research, Tokyo, has concluded that daily consumption of tea containing adequate levels of catechins reduce body fat. Dr. Nagao suggest the ingestion of catechins might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity.
Green tea is a mild appetite suppressant and a diuretic, both properties that enhance fat furning ability.
Johns Hopkins Medicine, provides an invaluable guide to choosing individual cuts of lean meat, poultry, and fish for nutrition and weight control. Johns Hopkins nutritionists advise that meal consumed in moderation is an excellent source of protein, as well as a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals.
Most lean meats help speed up the metabolism and burn more fat simply because they require so much energy for complete digestion. They tend to leave us feeling full and satisfied which is a decided benefit in any weight loss diet.
Beef, pork, lamb, and veal should be lean according to USDA standards, with the least amount of fat and marbling. Trimming, broiling or grilling, and seasoning with herbs and imagination, will help you create dishes that are flavorful and enjoyable, as well as excellent fat burners.
This is a partial list of fat burners that are safe and effective when used as one element of a complete and nutritious weight loss routine. They all trigger increased metabolic activity and all are effective as part of a weight loss plan that includes nutritious, balanced meals and exercise.