What is Metabolic Eating & Does it Really work?
There has been a lot of chatter lately about 2 ways of eating: The Fast Metabolism Diet, & Ketogenic Eating. I will be writing on Ketosis (Ketogenic Eating) shortly in another article… Yet, today we will explore the first one: being the trend of Metabolic Eating. Almost 15,000 people per month on Google search the term ‘Metabolism Boosting Foods,’ who knew?! I bet in coming months it will be much higher.
What is Metabolic Eating?
Quite simply put, Metabolic Eating is when you consume foods that will speed up your metabolism. With a quick Google search such foods to be considered are: Protein-Rich Foods, Iron, Zinc, & Selenium Rich Foods, Chili Peppers, Legumes & Pulses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil, Seaweed, Water, Coffee & Tea, Cacao, and certain Spices. You can read more about these 12 main Metabolism boosting foods within this article, please Click Here.
Yet, why boost your metabolism? A higher metabolism means your body will need to consume more calories, and with a higher metabolism you tend to maintain a healthier weight.
Yes, certain foods can definitely help you loose weight and get your metabolism revved up, yet your hormones also play a role in your metabolism. Hmmm… So why care about how your hormones are doing? I thought we were talking about the metabolism. Here’s why!
Ever heard of the Endocrine System?
I quote, “The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.” Feb 15, 2018, Livescience Website.”
When our hormones are not where they should be, possibly the thyroid has slowed down, or has sped up to quickly, then the metabolism can become affected and in turn, a person’s metabolism goes awry. When people think health, so many people target one area of their life to fix an issue, where in fact it is multiple systems within the body that are inter-related and should be addressed as a unit.
For instance, if you are struggling with a thyroid condition as an example eating all of the metabolic foods may not work at all, or in some instances coffee and cacao amongst caffeinated teas might even be bad for you. That is, when your heart is under stress from hyperthyroidism, you should be avoiding caffeine, as this stimulant can actually speed up your metabolism even more and play havoc with your heart creating arrhythmias.
To sum it up, Metabolic Eating when your Endocrine system is wacky might not be the best focus, instead focusing on hormone balancing foods might be wiser. And yes, foods can also help with balancing your hormones!
For people though without hormonal imbalances, The Metabolic Diet may be useful in eliminating some unwanted pounds. Why? It focuses less on carbs, and more on healthy fats, lean proteins, and fruits and vegetables. In the Article, Eat Your Way to A Faster Metabolism, by Cynthia Ramnarace,
She offers tips from a Certified Personal Trainer Mark MacDonald on how anyone can support their metabolism by eating certain foods, avoiding others and not skipping eating when your tummy is grumbling: healthy snacks are great!
Truly, many Personal Trainers are onto Metabolic Eating, and support it too. One famous Personal Trainer, Jillian Michaels even has a Cook Book out with Metabolic Recipes: Master Your Metabolism Cook Book: Click here. Then, there is this other Metabolic cookbook that is taking the Internet by storm, Metabolic Cooking — Fat Loss Cookbook: Click here.
* Notably the above Cookbook links are affiliate links.
So, is Metabolic Eating safe?
The verdict is out on this, as it is not yet a very well studied diet. That being said, the foods within the diet are basic and in common language. You won’t find anything that you can’t pronounce, or need to Google just to know what the food is…
Over all, eating foods that boost your metabolism aren’t a bad idea. Not very many people would take a slow metabolism over a faster one, as your body inevitably with a sluggish metabolism will store fat and nutrients that could otherwise have been put to good use.
My only personal concern would be if you were currently struggling with an Endocrine Disorder… I am not a Health Practitioner, just a person who avidly researches and is trained in Analytical thinking. That being said, in connecting the dots, I’d be wary about boosting your metabolism even further if you had hyperthyroidism currently. You will most likely already be loosing a lot of weight due to your increased metabolism.
And, we have yet to tackle and won’t actually even really touch on the Metabolism Type you may be and how this affects your outcomes too. Feel free to click this Dr. Oz article to look further into it, just click here.
What do you think of the concept of metabolism boosting foods and consuming them mainly as part of your daily diet routine?
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