How Stuffed Peppers Boost Metabolism

Your metabolism is a rhythm hidden within your tissues that burns calories at a certain rate. Every person has a slightly different metabolism that contributes to your overall shape. Boosting your metabolism through eating certain foods will keep you lean through retirement. One particular recipe, the stuffed pepper, is known to boost your metabolism for certain reasons. Learn about this superfood recipe that can get your health back on track.

Heat Packs a Punch

When you pick a pepper to stuff, it’s normally a large one. These peppers, such as bell peppers, don’t have the heat that boosts your metabolism. Consider a pepper that’s smaller, including the poblano, that has some heat to it. Ideally, sprinkle chili powder onto your stuffed pepper to really get a kick. When you eat spicy foods, your body reacts by trying to cool itself down. The spices actually kick your metabolism into gear so that you burn more calories as you sit or perform everyday activities. For even more heat, add sliced serranos or jalapenos into your stuffed pepper. The heat will rise as quickly as your metabolism.

High-Fiber Ingredients

Fiber comes from certain grains and vegetables so add both of these to your stuffed-pepper recipe. Barley is a high-fiber item that mixes well into the recipe. Swap the rice out for the barley while adding spinach and other diced vegetables into the mixture. Fiber takes time to digest, which leads to feeling fuller for a longer time period than without these foods. Because the body must work hard to digest the fiber, your metabolism naturally gains momentum. Beans, carrots and broccoli are other foods that are perfect for your pepper mixture too.

The Protein Factor

Researchers know that protein is also a metabolism booster. You need to pick your proteins carefully, however. Fatty, beef cuts mixed into your pepper won’t add the healthy protein that you’re looking for in the recipe. Try tofu, avocado and asparagus in your stuffed-pepper mixture. In essence, the pepper should hold a casserole of different foods so that it’s satisfying on your palate. Some recipes call for Greek yogurt as a food that binds all of the ingredients together. With this dairy and high-protein addition to your pepper, you’ll see the metabolism soar in the coming days.

Cook stuffed peppers in your oven or try them grilled on the outdoor barbecue. There are a lot of options when it comes to heating up your stuffed peppers any time of year. Simply be conscious of the ingredients added to the peppers in order to truly boost your metabolism.

Study: Metabolic Health More Important Than a Healthy Weight

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New research suggests being obese alone may not be a bad thing. U.S. and European researchers published a report in the European Heart Journal saying overweight and obese people face the same likelihood as healthy weight people of developing or dying from cancer or heart disease, as long as they are considered metabolically fit.

The researchers studied data from more than 43,265 people in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study from 1979 and 2003. All participants completed questionnaires about their medical history and lifestyle and underwent a physical exam, blood tests, and treadmill tests to measure their fitness. Participants were categorized as metabolically healthy if regardless of weight they did not have diabetes, had good cholesterol, high triglycerides, no insulin resistance, and healthy blood pressure. Almost 50 percent of obese people in the study were considered metabolically fit.

People who were obese but metabolically fit faced a 38 percent lower risk of untimely death. Actually, individuals who were overweight but fit had the same death risk as normal weight, metabolically healthy people.

This finding counters general wisdom that weight is indicative of overall health and physical fitness. Weight is a major issue if a person is metabolically unhealthy. But if a person is healthy other than their weight, this study suggests that is actually okay.

This study is in line with some other research released recently, including a study that found where weight is distributed is more important in predicting early death than being obese overall. In that study, people of normal weight who had a belly–a paunch–were twice as likely to have an early death as people with no excess weight in their midsection. In fact, people with fat concentrated in the belly were more at risk of an early death than people who are obese but whose fat was spread evenly throughout the body.

Another previous study found that of type 2 diabetes patients, obese patients actually lived longer than their thinner peers.

Metabolic fitness might be a game changer. Physical fitness, regardless of weight, is a huge predictor for metabolic health. Muscles are the body’s biggest consumer of sugar and are incredibly important for metabolic function like regulating blood sugar levels. In short, metabolically healthy bodies, regardless of weight, are better at maintaining blood sugar and therefore are less likely to develop insulin resistance, leading to diabetes.