Whether your goal is weight loss or gaining muscles, your metabolism plays a great part in both of these processes. And by now you’ve probably made peace with the fact that the speed of your metabolism is something your genetics are responsible for and that you can’t do anything to change it.
Although this is mostly true, the part about us being unable to affect the speed of our metabolism isn’t quite spot-on. You can influence how fast you can burn fat or gain muscle mass, and you can do it simply by eating the right foods.
Protein By The Pounds
But not just any foods – you also want to speed up your metabolism, so stuff that’s takes too long to digest is out of the game.
Instead, focus on whole grain foods like brown rice, and on lean meat like chicken breast.
Another great source of protein which is also very low in calories and fat are egg whites. Not only are these packed with muscle-building material, but their also very versatile and can be made into a plethora of tasty dishes, ranging from nutritious soups to delicious cakes.
The Secret Ingredient
Not many people ever even try to kick their metabolism into a higher gear, and that’s why many foods that are beneficial to this remain unnoticed and overlooked.
One such food is the chili pepper. As it happens, this little green devil contains something called capsaicin, a chemical compound which is especially effective at speeding up our metabolism. Aside from that, it can also provide benefits like lower blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels.
And last, but most definitely not least, is water. Who would’ve guessed it? A steady consumption of the same liquid 70% of your body is made of is capable of increasing your metabolic rate by 30%. Also, always keep a bottle around and remember to rehydrate yourself before, during, and after a workout.