Millions of people who suffer from obesity are, in fact, fighting against a slow metabolism. If you notice your weight steadily trending upwards it may be time to do something about it. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to reverse the trend before it gets out of hand.
The first step, of course, would be to consult with your doctor to make sure there isn’t an underlying health problem causing the weight gain. Then, if you doctor approves, you can begin a diet program (if you haven’t already), make sure that you are getting adequate physical exercise along with nutritional supplements or vitamins to boost your metabolism.
You would be surprised at the astonishing effects that vitamins have on your metabolism and, consequently, on weight loss in general. If you consume metabolism vitamins, your body will burn calories at a higher rate with moderate physical activity than it would with physical activity alone. The vitamins with this kind of effect are: the B complex, vitamin H or biotin and vitamin K, with the mention that each influence the metabolism in a different way.
For example, vitamin B1 helps you digest carbohydrates such as bread, rice and potatoes; vitamin B6 is responsible for the metabolism of proteins; vitamin B3 speeds up the action of the digestive system; vitamin B12 helps with proteins, carbohydrates and fats while also being an instant metabolism booster; it also enhances energy release. Vitamin B2 plays an important part in food digestion. All these vitamins not only assist in burning calories gained from different foods but they also increase the blood flow, as well.
Great, but how do I get these vitamins? Metabolism vitamins are available in foods that we consume every day. You can get these vitamins from eggs, nuts, fish and liver and leafy vegetables like celery and spinach. Vitamin B can be obtained from whole grains and seeds. Legumes (such as chick peas and beans), cheese, chicken mushrooms, and yoghurt are also great sources for your necessary vitamins. These foods and vitamins are the best metabolism boosters as they improve the effectiveness of your digestion and do not allow the energy in your body to be stored as fat.
The Power of Vitamin C
The recommended intake of vitamin C is currently 60 mg per day and there a variety of foods and fruits that can help you meet this requirement. Foods rich in vitamin C include:
- Red Pepper
- Orange Juice
- Grapefruit Juice
- Green Pepper
- Brussels Sprouts
- Tomato Juice
- Potatoes and Tomatoes
Due to the fact that vitamin C is not stored in your body for long, it is highly recommended that you eat foods high in vitamin C each day.
Thiamin: Also known as vitamin B1, Thiamin is necessary for the body to produce energy from the foods you eat, and is also needed for the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Thiamin is found in a wide variety of foods, although some of the best sources of Thiamin are lentils, whole grains and pork. Thiamin can also be found in red meats, yeast, nuts, sunflower seeds, peas, milk, cauliflower, spinach and legumes.
Vegetables should really be an integral part of any healthy diet but broccoli in particular has been found to be beneficial. This particular vegetable has lots of beneficial nutrients – Vitamin C, fibre, Vitamin A, and folate for starters.. It also offers phytochemicals that can protect you from some diseases and help you boost your immune system. The main thing to remember is that calcium intake has been linked to increased weight loss for years and the Vitamin C in the broccoli will help you absorb more calcium.