By Ed Barillas- Staff Writer
There’s just about nothing most people won’t try to lose weight. It’s like a quest for many people, jumping from the latest reduced calorie diet, swallowing some miracle metabolism boosting pill, or buying the latest fat burning exercise machine they see on late night infomercials. This is all fine and good because we all want to believe there is a magic panacea that will quickly and easily make the weight disappear but the reality is that these products do not always work as advertised.
The key component of any weight loss routine is being able to boost your metabolism. It’s really quite amazing if you think about it. By simply eating a healthier diet we can create a state where the body actually begins to burn more calories and everyone is familiar with the relationship between calories burned and fat reduction.
So how can the foods you eat affect your body chemistry in this way? It’s a response to the type of calories consumed and how the body digests and processes different types of food. The old saying “you are what you eat” is truer than most people realize. The human body responds to nutrient rich foods with a metabolism increase, which in turn can lead to weight loss. If you add some form of exercise routine in with a healthy diet you will see even greater gains when it comes to reducing the old midsection. Your body is a complex system of different cells that use energy in the form of calories to accomplish its daily functions and needs. You get this energy from the foods you eat and it comes in different forms such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. With this in mind it is important to remember that not all food is created equal and their makeup affects how fast or slow your metabolism will run. Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and proteins are the best choices if you want to boost your metabolism. The reason for this is not as complex as you may think. It takes more energy, or calories, for the body to digest, breakdown, and process these foods then the more refined and processed foods we are used to seeing on grocery store shelves.
These foods are also able to rev up your metabolism because of the length of time it takes to break them down in the digestive system. Complex carbohydrates require the body to work harder for a longer period of time which results in more calories burned while at the same time causing a slower more long term release of calories from those food sources. This gives you a consistent energy source that keeps you going all day long.
On the flip side sugars and fats create energy spikes because their calories are quickly and easily digested, flooding the blood stream with glucose. This is followed by that time of the day many people are familiar with, the low energy period where it’s all you can do to stay awake. You will also find your cravings for sugary, fat creating foods highest at this point.
Controlling weight with negative calorie foods is easy once you get the hang of it. Not only will these foods boost metabolism but they will also help you lose weight and live a longer and healthier life.