Metabolism is defined as a complex biochemical process to produce energy for various body functions like circulation of blood, breathing, food digestion, maintaining hormonal balance, growth and repair of cells. Metabolic rate is the rate at which the consumed calories are converted to energy. This rate varies from person to person. In addition to age, sex and genetics other factors that affect the metabolism of the person are food intake and daily activity. To boost metabolism and build lean muscles, here is a list of 7 superfoods one must try to include in their daily diet –
#1. Green Tea
Green tea contains a compound EGCG that reduces the size of fat cells and makes muscle cells more active, thereby promoting fat burning process. Drinking green tea every day can boost metabolism and trim the waistline.
#2. Fish Oil
Fish oil contains fats that activate protein in the body thereby increase fat burning process. It can be taken in form of supplements or by eating seafood that is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
According to a research, adequate hydration can increase the metabolism rate by 3% and burn more fat. Contrary to the popular thinking about “water weight” and “water retention”, the body needs proper hydration to reduce bloating and eliminate fluid retention.
#4. Egg Whites
Rich in amino acids, egg whites can boost metabolism and help in building lean muscles. Eggs are also rich in protein and Vitamin D.
#5. Whole Grain
To break down the whole grains that are rich in fiber, like brown rice and oatmeal, body needs more energy. Thus consuming whole grains burns more energy as compared to whole grains.
Pomegranates are packed with anthocyanins, an antioxidant known for its fat killing ability. A research shows that premature fat cells stop growing when they are exposed to anthocyanins.
Berry fruits like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are not only rich in anthocyanins, but also contain polyphenols. This combination of antioxidants and polyphenols reduces the absorption of starches and fat in the body and boosts metabolism.
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