(BPT) - When it comes to a fast metabolism, some people seem to have hit the genetic jackpot. Luckily, your metabolism doesn't solely depend on factors out of your control such as genetics, age, or gender. Modifying your exercise habits and making wiser food choices are two ways anyone can achieve a faster metabolism and a smaller waistline.
Increased physical activity affects the metabolism more than anything else but before you opt to take the stairs over the elevator make sure you are fueling your body with the energy it needs. A great first step is to examine your diet and understand which foods will give you long-lasting energy to help you move more during the day and burn more calories.
'When making changes to your diet, aim to eat an energy-revving complex carbohydrate with a nutrient-rich protein,' says personal trainers and registered dietitians Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames - 'The Nutrition Twins'. 'For example, we recommend pairing oatmeal with a healthy protein like Eggland's Best eggs. Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs contain the same amount of protein with only 60 calories, aiding in fat loss; more nutrients like omega-3s, contributing to satiety and weight loss; and vitamin B12 which assists in producing energy to power metabolism'
Here are some foods The Nutrition Twins recommend to help boost your metabolism:
The satiating and blood sugar stabilizing protein found in eggs helps keep you full and extends the power boost from carbohydrates like oats. Chose Eggland's Best eggs over ordinary eggs because they provide three times more vitamin B12, a nutrient that assists the body in creating energy, as well as double the omega-3s which stimulate leptin, a hormone that increases feelings of fullness.
The complex carbohydrates in oats fuel your brain and your body. Without them, your metabolism will suffer because you'll have very little energy to be active and burn calories. Oats are also fiber-filled which helps extend energy levels.
Berries, such as blackberries and strawberries, taste great and contain the phytochemical known as Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G). Research shows C3G aids in the production of both adiponectin, which enhances fat metabolism, and leptin, which suppresses appetite.
Wake-up Sunnyside Pineapple Berry Oatmeal
2 Eggland's Best eggs
2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (optional)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
2. Add oats and reduce heat. Stir. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until oats are tender.
3. While oats are simmering, spritz a small pan with oil in a spray container. Heat over medium heat and add Eggland's Best eggs. Cook until white is set and yolk is still soft (not cooked through) about three minutes.
4. When oatmeal is tender, add almond milk (if using) and stir.
5. Divide oatmeal evenly amongst two serving bowls and mix in fruit.
6. When eggs are ready, remove from pan.
7. Top each bowl of oatmeal and berries with an egg. Enjoy!