Increasing Metabolism to Boost Weight Loss
ADDING GOOD FOODS TO YOUR DIET
There are several methods to safely increase metabolism and many of these are often left out of the traditional weight loss methods that people follow today.
One of the simplest ways to boost metabolism has nothing to do with restricting foods, but actually is more about adding good foods in to the diet! This goes against all the popular diet mantra which usually says that to lose weight, one needs to eat the least amount of foods possible. One study showed just the opposite (1).
It was a study that measured the metabolism of two different groups, one eating vegetarian and one eating an omnivore's diet. What the researchers found was that those eating a more plant-based diet actually had an 11% higher metabolic rate. This isn't because meat had blunted the metabolism of omnivores, but rather it was showing that when a diet has more emphasis on beneficial foods like fruits and vegetables, it will promote a faster metabolism.
- Beneficial foods like fruits and vegetables can promote a faster metabolism as well as eliminate cravings for sweets and other junk food.
Increase Your Fruit & Vegetable Intake
Our bodies will run and perform based on the type of foods we provide it with. Certain foods can increase metabolic rate by providing necessary nutrients, requiring energy to be broken down or by actually boosting the body’s natural energy production.
Another example of a dietary factor that actively promotes a faster metabolism, is one that includes enough fiber rich foods.
- Fiber, requires more energy to be broken down and utilized by the body and happens to be one of the most common deficiencies among adults (2). When adults are studied, almost 96% do not meet the recommended amount of daily fiber (which is already quite low).
Fiber Rich Foods
These are just two examples of simple dietary changes that can be made to increase one’s metabolic rate. Beyond these, physical activity and fitness, adequate sleep and other factors are important too, but it’s absolutely vital that one starts with the basics of raising metabolism first. Increasing fiber, fruit and vegetable intake are some of the most commonly missed methods in today’s weight loss plans. Incorporate these first and success will follow.
1. Toth, Michael J., and Eric T. Poehlman. "Sympathetic nervous system activity and resting metabolic rate in vegetarians." Metabolism 43.5 (1994): 621-625.
2. Moshfegh, Alanna, Joseph Goldman, and Linda Cleveland. "What we eat in America, NHANES 2001-2002: usual nutrient intakes from food compared to dietary reference intakes." US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (2005).
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