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#1 Old 10-14-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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since going vegan I have lost some weight, I've been getting compliments on how good I look from everyone and its great. I've been slacking on the gym department but still feel amazing. Anyways, do u know or have had luck with any foods that boosts metabolism?? I hear hot peppers do but idk if that's a myth lol
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#2 Old 10-14-2012, 12:39 PM
 
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lol um no...

it will not compensate for not exercising enough.

I doubt it will even make a huge difference

 

-pickles

-chili flakes

-hot sauce

-peppers (ok obv anything hot lol)

-cinnamon

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#4 Old 10-14-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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lol um no...
it will not compensate for not exercising enough.
I doubt it will even make a huge difference

-pickles
-chili flakes
-hot sauce
-peppers (ok obv anything hot lol)
-cinnamon

Lol not looking for a gym alternative lmao I know I need to get more active
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No foods have been proven to "boost metabolism." Your best bet for achieving/maintaining a healthy weight is a balanced diet with whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, and exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.
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agreed^ I just went back to the gym for the first time since may.... I just did the eliptical for 30 minutes (high resistance-4 miles),100 jumping jacks, 50 crunches, 19 quats, and 50 kick punch intervals FEELS GREAT! Now I am eating a protein bar :3 not ideal, but whatever!
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The best metabolism boost, from the research I have done, is not "gym" exercise, but actually incorporating more standing and walking for longer periods throughout the day.

 

So simple things like parking at the end of a parking lot, and standing while on the phone instead of sitting, or even watching TV or using the computer while standing up, really boost metabolism in a way that 30 minutes of jogging or weight lifting a day can't reach (of course those activities are also good, just in a different way).

 

The general recommendation is that you should aim for 3 hours or less of sitting per day.


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#8 Old 10-15-2012, 02:57 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure HIIT is much more effective at "boosting your metabolism".

Also builiding muscle just makes you a calorie burning machine as well.

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#9 Old 10-15-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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Yeah I usually do mostly cardio when I go to the gym.
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There is evidence that the glycemic load of your diet can contribute to your metabolic rate (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1199154). Lower glycemic diets contributing to a faster metabolism than higher glycemic diets (or at least less decrease in resting energy expendeture rate following weight loss). I believe the study found a difference between low-glycemic (not low carb) and low-fat diets that amounted to about 125 calories burned per day while at rest. The study was done with "overweight and obese young adults" so I don't know how well those numbers would transfer to other demographics. 

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The really low glycemic or non glycemic foods would be like oil, peanut butter, nuts, seeds, tofu, meat replacements, seitan... High would be sugar, white rice, pasta, bagels, boxed breakfast cereals, agave, raisins, dates, etc. Beans, lentils, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, fresh fruit, soymilk and so on are moderately low. 

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#12 Old 10-15-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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Try more leafy greens like Kale,collard and spinach. When I feel sluggish they really help me get a pick up and are darn good for you to. A Kale salad is one of my staples and in fact I'm making one tonight...simple and awesome.

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#13 Old 10-15-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Good advice. I also hear eating more often helps. I already eat 4-6 times a day. Seems to be doing something. Picked up a friend the other night, she hasn't seen me in a while, the look on her face said it all lol
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