Thursday, January 20, 2011


Thermogenic foods burn more calories to digest than the calorie content of the food itself, resulting in an increased metabolism for a short amount of time.

Here’s a list of the ten best ones:

· Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage)

· Celery

· Asparagus

· Leafy Greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc)

· Mushrooms – Most mushrooms have no calories at all, so all the calories burned processing them

· Chili peppers – In addition to being thermogenic, hot peppers give an extra boost to the metabolism. The capsaicin in them, which is what makes them hot, speeds the metabolic rate.

· Berries

· Apples

· Apricots / Peaches

· Pears

These foods can be eaten cooked or raw, and can be eaten in combination with other foods or on their own.

Adding them to dishes you already make, like putting some celery and brocoli in a stew, ups the thermogenic capacity of that dish quickly and easily.

Choosing thermogenic foods really is a great way to speed up your metabolism, burn more calories and make weight loss happen more easily. This is just one of the ways you can use little tricks in your diet to make it work for you.

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