Fat Frying Fitness Foods

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After you have eaten a meal, your body uses energy to process the nutrients. This causes an increase in your rate of metabolism known as the thermic effect. Some types of food have a greater thermic effect than others, meaning that they increase the rate of resting metabolism, helping burn calories a little faster. Adding more of these foods to your diet can increase your metabolic rate, helping you maintain a healthy weight. Here’s a rundown on some of the most thermic foods.

Whole Grains

Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal put your body to work burning twice as many calories as other foods.

High-fiber Carbs

You can boost your metabolism by increasing your daily consumption of high-fiber carbs such as yams, multigrain cereal, pears, apples, cantaloupes, oranges, asparagus, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and grapefruit.

Green Tea

Green tea contains chemicals called catechins as well as caffeine. Both of these can increase thermic effect, and in combination, may also boost each others effect.


A diet that is high in protein is has a greater thermic effect that one which is high in fats or carbs. Around 30 percent of the calories in high-protein food is burned during digestion. Good sources of protein include eggs, nuts, legumes, lean red meat and poultry.

Hot Peppers

You can kick your metabolism up a notch with red peppers. If you can stand the heat, jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne and paprika are particularly beneficial.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods have a very low thermic effect, such as fats. These have only 3 percent effect, which is why they are so easily stored in the body. Simple carbs also have little thermic effect. Avoid foods containing saturated fats, processed foods with a high content of refined sugar, commercially baked goods like cookies, crackers and cake, and fried foods.

Try including these in your diet to rev up your metabolism and burn calories quickly!

Here's to your wellness,


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