As well as exercise and a healthy diet, a fast metabolism is needed to burn fat and lose weight. Thermogenic foods and supplements can boost this process and help you reach your weight loss goals even faster.
If weight loss is your goal, there are a number of ways to raise your body’s core temperature, boost your metabolism and use up extra calories including exercise, consuming enough protein, drinking water and eating small meals frequently. However, one effective way is to consume thermogenic foods. They promote lipolysis in the body which is the process of breaking down body fat to be used as energy.
The scientific definition of the Thermic effect of food (TEF) is the amount of energy expenditure above the basal metabolic rate due to the cost of processing food for use and storage. Thermogenic supplements and foods assist with weight loss by boosting the rate at which you burn calories, even while it is at rest. How does this work? Well, the body must use energy in order to digest, absorb and store nutrients from these foods. It is said that on average, your body naturally burns 5-10% of calories from a meal by this thermic effect. While the calories they burn may seem minimal, this process and these thermogenic foods are an effective part of an overall weight management plan which includes a healthy diet and exercise. These are some of our top ways to get the thermic effect and boost your metabolism:
Drink Coffee or green tea
Drinks such as coffee and green tea are high in caffeine which increases metabolism. In fact, just one cup of green tea has been said to help oxidize fats, which is most effective when paired with exercise. Even more so, it is bursting with disease-fighting antioxidants and promotes longivity. Caffeine should certainly be consumed in moderation, butjust a cup or two a day can help increase your metabolic rate and productivity too.
Use black pepper as a seasoning
Black pepper contains an ingredient called piperine which creates a thermic effect and promotes the breakdown of fat cells. It has been known to help the body burn more calories, as well as absorb selenium, cobalamin, beta-carotene and curcumin. It also assists in using nutrients more efficiently and can be added to all savoury meals. It is perfect in a turmeric latte too!
Eat plenty of green vegetables
Celery is well known to be a food that actually burns more calories than the amount it adds. Other green vegetables such as zucchini, kale, lettuce and spinach are also effective as they are high-fibre and low calorie. They have a thermic effect due to the fact that the body uses energy when attempting to digest their indigestible compounds. An added benefit is that they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to perform all processes at its best.
Take a supplement such as Prana On Phyto Fire Protein
Our PranaOn Phyto Fire Protein is the first thermogenic and metabolic boosting Plant Protein to feature such widely recognised ingredients that assist with weight management, appetite control and fat loss. These thermogenic ingredients include Matcha Green Tea, Raspberry Ketones, L-Carnitine and Green Coffee Bean to name a few, which are infused with our smooth, Organic and Alkaline Plant Protein blend. This way, you are increasing your protein intake and increasing your body’s fat burning capabilities.
Eat a diet higher in protein
It is important to consume a balanced diet that includes all macronutrients including carbs, protein and fat. However, compared to carbohydrates and fat, research has shown that protein has a more effective thermic effect and therefore is a greater metabolism booster. Consuming sufficient protein is also know to act as an appetite suppressant and promote feelings of satiety. If you don’t feel you are getting sufficient protein through your diet alone, including a protein shake such as PranaOn Phyto Fire Protein in your daily routine is a great way to boost your protein intake without consuming excess calories.
As mentioned, while thermogenic foods can be beneficial for weight loss, exercise and moderation with food should always be part of a healthy weight management plan.