Boost Metabolism With This Vegetable

Increasing the speed of your metabolism is one of the most effective ways to ensure healthy weight loss, boosting fat burn within the body and allowing you to efficiently utilize food as fuel. You can ramp up your metabolism through exercise, which is one of the most common approaches to burning more fat, but health experts have noted that infusing your diet with particular foods is another great way to improve your metabolism for an easier time losing weight.

Asparagus Across the board it can be found that green vegetables are often the best for your health, with Lin calling out asparagus as her top choice for improving your metabolism and naturally increasing weight loss. “This is an incredibly low calorie and micronutrient dense green vegetable chock full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and folate,” she explains, adding, “Asparagus, when steamed, is extremely nourishing to the stomach lining and digestive system as a whole.”  The ability that any given food has to impact your metabolism all comes down to the thermic effect of food, meaning how much energy it requires your body to expend to burn through it. “Higher protein veggies like beans, lentils and legumes are also great for metabolism due to their thermic effect and fiber content. Thermic effect refers to the energy required for your body to digest the food,” explains Canon. “Studies have shown that foods high in protein have a higher thermic effect therefore resulting in a 15-30% boost in your metabolic rate after you eat them. Fiber also helps keep you regular which supports healthy digestion and metabolism,” she adds. Clocking in at 2.8 grams of fiber per cup and 2.9 grams of protein, asparagus is a fantastic nutrient dense option to regularly consume within your diet for increased fat burn and a faster metabolism. “Asparagus is also a natural organ detoxifying vegetable that assists the body in elimination and has been linked to regulating fat burning—when coupled with consistent exercise and body movement,” notes Lin. “It helps to balance the body’s potassium, magnesium and calcium ratio which is imperative to overall health.”  Taking care to improve your metabolism is key for healthy weight loss as well as the general function of your body as it determines how you’re able to process food on the whole. “Your body’s metabolism refers to the cellular processes your body undergoes to convert food to energy, breakdown fats, carbs, and protein into substrates that like amino acids or glucose that stimulate growth or enable your brain to function. Metabolism also includes digestion and the elimination of waste,” explains Canon.  With that in mind, eating asparagus or another form of a rich, green vegetable each day can help to boost your digestive system, allowing your body to feel better while also more effectively using the food you consume as fuel. Thankfully, you can almost never have too many vegetables within your diet. Lin suggests drizzling asparagus with olive oil, topping with crushed garlic and sea salt, and steaming until al dente for the best flavor.  That being said, it’s still important to stay active and maintain an otherwise balanced lifestyle outside of your vegetable intake in order to see the best results in your body. That means keeping up with regular exercise, consuming a range of lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grain carbs, and taking care to drink ample water and prioritize sleep. Wellness is a multifaceted concept, and while eating plenty of asparagus will be useful in improving your metabolism and promoting weight loss, you must take care of yourself in all other ways to make long lasting progress. 

How to boost metabolism/Information Share

1. Never Skip Meals
You may think that you’ll accelerate your weight loss by eating less than you should. The truth is, the opposite happens. Cutting too many calories tricks your body into thinking it’s starving so instead of burning calories, it starts storing them as fat for the prolonged famine it’s sure is coming. Eating actually stimulates your metabolism, which is why eating three meals and several snacks a day can help you boost the calorie burn.

2. Build Muscle
Your muscles are fat-burning machines. One pound of muscle uses six calories a day just to keep on going, while fat only uses two calories. That means the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Don’t go gangbusters on a strength-training regime if you’ve never done it before. Start with smaller weights and find exercises that work all your body parts, but particularly the large muscle groups—your legs, back, abdominals, and chest—which give you more burn for your buck.

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3. Do it at “Intervals”
It turns out that when you exercise going flat out for a long period of time may not boost your metabolism as well or as quickly as going at full speed for a minute then ratcheting it down for a minute. So called “high intensity interval training” requires that you exercise at 80-90 percent of your maximum heart rate which varies based on your age. Calculate yours by subtracting your age from 220. Check with your doctor to see if interval training is right for you before you start a program.

4. Sip Green Tea
While caffeine can boost your metabolic rate and green tea has it, there’s something else in that delicate beverage at work. Green tea contains antioxidant catechins which have been shown in studies to boost metabolism by about four percent, which can amount to as much as 80 calories a day.

5. Stick to Veggies, Fruit, Whole Grains and Lean Meat
These foods are simply more work to eat, and we’re not just talking the extra chewing which can boost your calorie burn by almost a third. Your body takes longer to digest high fiber and hig-protein foods. One Japanese study found that people who ate a diet replete with foods that took longer to digest tended to be slimmer than those who didn’t.

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6. Stand Up
When you’re on your feet, research at the University of Missouri suggests, your body is more likely to burn calories. (Conversely, it’s more likely to store them as fat when you’re sitting.) How does it work? Studies also show that your muscles will be use calories in the effort to just keep you upright. Also, the enzymes your body uses to burn fat are more active when you’re on your feet. If you have a sedentary job, get up as frequently as you can or use a standing desk occasionally. In one study, people who used a standing desk burned 7.2 more calories an hour than when they were sitting. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you add movement, it goes up even higher. Unless you’re a guard at Buckingham Palace, when you stand you’re likely to move around or “fidget.” That adds an additional 30 calories to the 7. If you do that for half your work day, you’ve killed an extra 120 calories just standing there.

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