Your body converts food and drink into energy throughout the day. Your body can also convert stored fat into energy. These processes are known as your metabolism. But not everyone’s metabolism is the same. In fact, what you eat can have a huge impact on how “high” your metabolism is. A doctor has shared three diet tips on how to “prime” your metabolism to help you burn more fat throughout the day.
Dr. Tax Bhatia suggests on her blog that how high your metabolism is due to “three” main factors, two of which can be changed by the foods you eat.
One of these factors is whether or not the energy you get from food is used to break down other foods or burned directly. This is called the “thermogenic effect” of food, she explains.
The other two factors include your basal metabolic rate and how much physical activity you do. Your basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy you naturally break down without doing anything.
Dr Bhatia explains that certain foods can affect your basal metabolic rate and the way other foods are used in the body (the thermogenic effect).
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These special foods can help “you burn more calories at rest and aid weight loss,” she adds.
So, what are the foods she recommends to boost your metabolism to burn more fat?
Dr. Bhatia actually recommends adding three different complementary nutrients to your morning brew, be it coffee or tea. She says, “If you add the right ingredients, you can boost digestion, provide energy to your cells, and support healthy metabolism and hormone levels.”
One of the nutrients she recommends adding is collagen peptides.
Her last tip was to add coconut oil to your coffee or tea.
Coconut oil is another nutrient that contains small chemicals related to fat burning.
In particular, it is high in medium-chain fatty acids, which studies have shown to boost your metabolism.
However, there may be health risks associated with using too much coconut oil. The oil contains about a third more saturated fat than butter, explains the British Heart Foundation.
The health body says: “There has been speculation that some of the saturated fat in coconut oil may be better for us than other saturated fats, but so far there isn’t enough good quality research to give us a definitive answer.
“If you like the taste of coconut oil for now, then it’s fine to use it occasionally, just like butter. However, it is best to limit yourself to small amounts and use unsaturated oils as a daily choice instead.
In addition, there is some evidence that drinking too much coffee is not good for some people’s metabolism in the long run.
Coffee increases levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your body, although this effect can vary from person to person. In the short term, an increase in cortisol has been shown to help increase fat metabolism.
But some research suggests that too much cortisol from coffee overconsumption can cause you to gain belly fat and gain weight.