Drinks that boost metabolism
Increasing your weight loss is sometimes a function of lowering your calorie intake, sometimes a function of increasing the number of calories burned and sometimes a combination of both. One of the ways we can increase the speed of calorie burn is to change the foods we eat or drinks we consume each day. How would you like to increase the number of calories you burn each day by drinking 8 ounces of one of the following drinks?
Fresh Grapefruit Juice
The grapefruit diet used to be a popular weight loss plan. And, it seems that there was some science behind the idea. In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that grapefruit will lower high levels of insulin in the body, which reduces cravings for carbohydrates and over eating. With lower amounts of insulin in the body there is a greater potential the body will burn fat for fuel. (1)
Juicing at home is a popular way of increasing your vitamin and mineral content as well as exposing your body to living enzymes needed for optimal health. Beet juice has research to support the fact that it will increase your exercise performance and cardiovascular health. (2) By exercising longer and harder you’ll also increase your metabolism afterburn and the number of calories you burn during the workout.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, Oolong tea is important in weight loss and maintain your weight. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that people who drank the tea oxidized fat 12% higher rate than the control group and experienced a greater energy expenditure (higher rate of metabolism). (3)
Green tea has known antioxidant effects in the body, protecting the cells from the damaging effects of oxidation during metabolism. As you increase your metabolism that oxidation also increases. Green tea will do both – protection and increase the number of calories you burn. In research published by Penn State University, researchers found that mice who took a green tea extract, ate a high fat diet and exercised regularly had sharp reductions in final body weight. They also experienced a 17% reduction in fasting blood sugar and 65% reduction in insulin levels. (4)
Coffee is one of the most common ways that people receive caffeine. And, it turns out, caffeine will increase thermogenesis after a meal, or burning calories. And, it will stimulate the metabolic rate of a person, both normal weight and obese individuals. In normal weight persons that increase in metabolism was also accompanied with greater oxidation of fat. (5) Turns out coffee may also be a great way to keep your weight down once you’ve lost it!
Water is one of the most basic drinks that we consume and one of the most necessary pieces to our health puzzle. Our bodies are about 60% water which regulates our temperature levels, metabolism, release of toxins and moves nutrients into the cells. Just 1% dehydration can slow your metabolism and all the work you’ve done to lose weight starts sliding downhill. Drink those 8 8-ounces of water each day – it’s simple, easy and it works! (6)
(1) Journal of Medicinal Food: The effects of grapefruit on weight and insulin resisance
(2) Journal of Applied Physiology: beetroot jice and exercise
(3) Journal of Nutrition: Oolong Tea increases metabolic rate and fat oxidation in men
(4) Penn State: Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss and health
(5) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Caffeine and coffee their influence on metabolic rate and substrate utilization in normal wieght and obese individuals
(6) University of Utah: Is Eight Enough