Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fat Burning Foods to Speed up Metabolism

There are several fat burning foods to speed up metabolism. Some such foods are ginger, turmeric, garlic, pepper and ginger. 

Speed at which the body motor is running is called metabolism. The rate at which the body burns up calories is the metabolic rate. About 60- 70% of the calories are burned, when you are resting or sleeping. The remaining calories are burned during the activities. There are are several fat burning foods that speed your metabolism.

People who are slim generally have a higher metabolic rate. They burn calories at a faster pace. People with slower metabolic rate tend to acquire more fat. As you age your metabolism slows down. Some of the reasons for a slow metabolic rate are

  • ·        Fasting
  • ·        Eating high calorie food frequently
  • ·        Drinking sugary drinks or eating sweets
  • ·        Lack of physical activity

Some foods burn fat faster and speed up metabolism. These foods help to lose weight. Some of the fat burning foods that speed metabolism are 


Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which not only increases the body temperature but also helps you to lose weight. It is said to speed up metabolism rate by at least 50% for three hours after ingestion. It may also decrease appetite. Black pepper aids digestion and also speeds up metabolism


Ginger aids thermogenesis which increases the body temperature. It not only adds taste to the food but also speeds up metabolism.


Turmeric is very common ingredient of Indian food. It contains an active ingredient called curcumin which helps to burn fat and aid weight loss. Turmeric aids digestion and prevents the formation of gas.


Mustard seed contains omega 3 fatty acids in abundance. A teaspoon full of hot mustard speeds up metabolism for hours after it is eaten.


Garlic helps to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. It has a compound called allicin which has anti-bacterial properties. It is said to reduce unhealthy fats in the body and help weight loss.

One plan to reduce weight would be eat three cloves of garlic in the morning after breakfast.  Never eat garlic on an empty stomach. Eat a teaspoon full of roasted mustard seeds and a teaspoon of grated ginger along with the lunch.  Drink a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of turmeric with two pinches of black pepper powder added to it after dinner. 

These are some of the fat burning foods that help to speed up metabolism and keep your weight down.   

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