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Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism

Jun 8, 2008
Although the answer to the question "which foods are good?" might be plain to some it can often leave others confused. A lot of it has to do with what the media portrays as "good food." With so many low fat foods out now and other "healthy choices" many can often be deceived into believing certain foods are good. It can also depend on what we were told when we were growing up.

I will now run you through a quick checklist you can use before you decide to put something into your mouth.

Natural Is Best

It is best to eat foods in their most natural state. Try and stay away from processed foods which often contain excess amounts of sugar and sodium. Over a period of time these foods can cripple your efforts to feel and look healthy. It is not only how much you eat but what you eat that will be best for your long term health. So whether your food choices consist of protein, carbohydrates or fats try and pick the best ones.

A quick hint is that the more something is packaged or processed the worse off you probably are eating it. Especially foods that look like they just came off a production line in a factory.

Best Sources Of Protein

The best sources to acquire protein in your diet include fish, chicken, turkey, soy and lean beef. You may also consume eggs but not in excess due to cholesterol. Protein supplements are also great in the form of protein shakes. Whey protein is the best protein you can get when choosing a protein supplement. It is wise not to consume too much animal products in your diet because of disease, hormones, antibiotics, saturated fats, and cholesterol.

That is why I didn't include things like pork or lobster. Sometimes the negative things outweigh the positive things.

Best Sources Of Carbohydrates

Great carbohydrate sources are hot and cold cereals, rice, whole wheat bread, pasta, potatoes, muffins and vegetables. Contrary to popular belief bread and potatoes are not fattening, it is what people put on them that is fattening.

Things such as sour cream and butter add a tremendous amount of fat and calories to your diet. A clean, steady supply of carbohydrates throughout the day will ensure that your blood sugar remains stable giving you extra energy and clarity of thought.

What About Fat?

Most people don't have to worry about fat because we get enough fat already in our daily diet. It is best just to avoid the bad fats and eat mostly good fats. Good fat sources include peanut butter and peanuts, almonds, walnuts, safflower oil, flaxseed oil, and olive oil. And although nuts are good, try not to eat too many as they are very high in calories. The calories can skyrocket before you know it if you are always eating nuts.

Beware Of Chemicals

It is also important to stay away from processed foods that contain harmful chemicals such as sodium nitrate. Sodium nitrate helps to keep the colour in meat and also acts as a preservative. It is found in meats such as hot dogs, bologna, ham, bacon, salami and pepperoni.

Meats that are fresh or canned such as tuna do not often contain this harmful chemical. Sodium nitrate has often been linked to cancer and it is best to stay away from it. It can always be spotted on the food label if you are unsure.

If you start making better food choices using the foods listed above it will help to contribute to a faster metabolism. Combined with a sound exercise program you can expect to double your results. Just take your time and think before you act!
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Dwight Ferren
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