It's not enough to count calories when you're trying to lose weight. Your success depends on how fast your body burns those calories (your metabolism) and how satisfying they are (your appetite). Here are five ways to make metabolism and appetite your allies.
No. 1. Don't skip breakfast.
You're busy I get it and it's tempting to save a few calories by skipping the first meal of the day. But in actuality, what really happens is your body goes
into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism. That means the next meal
you eat will burn off more slowly. So make it easy, the mantra I live by, by having things ready so you can grab, heat, and go. And who says breakfast has to be 'breakfast food'? Last night's dinner will do.
No. 2. Start the day with protein.
Protein makes you feel fuller longer. Eggs or egg whites are a good choice. If you're anything like me, eggs aren't always the first thing I want to taste or smell so I'm a fan of oatmeal, yes there's protein in oatmeal. It's super easy to prepare and I can load it up with countless toppings - berries, nuts, honey, raisins, granola, bananas.... As for the time issue, many people I know prep their oatmeal the night before by either fully cooking it and re-heating, or they simply pour water over the oats and allow them to soak over night.
No. 3. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup.
Don't buy into the latest ads running saying sugar is sugar. Not all sugars are alike. New research shows that fructose produces fewer of the hormones that tell the brain you're full, which means you eat too much!
No. 4. Eat beans.
Beans contain "resistant starch," meaning the body has to work harder to get those calories. That means your metabolism revs up. I typically cook enough beans to last me 4-5 meals, and just so I don't get bored by eating the same beans everyday, I use them in multiple ways - mix them with my scrambed eggs, on top of a salad, toss them in a bowl with chicken and rice, I can even eat them solo with a heaping helping of sauteed onions!
No. 5. Spice up your life and slide into your skinny jeans.
Eating red peppers can help suppress appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially in those who don't eat the spice often. A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the capsaicin in red peppers plays a role in abdominal fat loss and helps suppress body fat accumulation. This may be because the spice alters key proteins found in fat, triggering them to break down fat.
Black pepper also has a compound that prevents fat cells from forming, and jalapeño peppers help burn fat around the belly.
So, make it hot - your food and your body!
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