Metabolic Cooking: Eat a Lot, Lose a Lot

The concept of losing weight is simple for many: all you have to do is eat less, so fewer pounds will be added to your weight. And in case you want to up the effects more, you have to subject yourself to regular exercise. Often, this ‘restrictive’ dieting approach leaves a person (especially a woman) feeling frustrated. At some point in time, this frustration rebounds, and she may find herself binging on foods and then will feel guilty about it. The cycle will never end. Wouldn’t it be better if instead of restricting yourself, you would be able to eat the foods you desire, at the exact time you want to have them? You can. All you have to do is do metabolic cooking.

Delicious metabolic cooking seems to make no sense at first if you are looking for a literal meaning. So, let’s explain it further by discussing the 2nd word– metabolic, an adjective used to describe anything that has something to do with a person’s metabolism.

What is the concept behind metabolic cooking?

The metabolic cooking concept is based on the fact that weight loss can be achieved if you increase the rate by which your body can burn calories (metabolism). Back then, people believed that a person’s metabolic rate cannot be manipulated. So, the only way they can shed pounds is eat less to gain less and exercise more to lose more pounds.

Metabolic cooking dictates otherwise. It says that all you need to do is eat the right kinds of foods that have the ability to increase your metabolic rate. That means no more restrictive diet.

What kinds of foods should I choose?

As a general rule, always include the following foods in your thermogenic cooking.

  1. metabolic cookingSpices – Red hot pepper, chili, and black pepper can solve a person’s satiety problems and can improve the metabolism. A study shows that women (Japanese) who consumed capsaicin (the substance found in most spices) felt a burst of energy to do things. This burst of energy to perform tasks can result in burning calories. 
  2. Green tea – Another food item that must be included is green tea. Green tea is an excellent staple if you want to increase your metabolic rate. It has two substances that improve the way your body burns calories (catechins and polyphenols). But, what’s even more amazing is the fact that these two substances synergize each other.
  3. Coconut oil – You may be a little doubtful about coconut oil. It’s true that it contains fat, but those fats are short-chained, the type of fat that, when consumed, will be able to prevent other harmful fats from being deposited. On top of that, coconut actually has the ability to burn weight-gaining fats!
  4. Protein – And lastly, if you want to be successful in your endeavor for metabolic cooking, you have to include protein in your diet. Aside from the fact that protein-rich foods can increase your metabolic rate, it will also help you build lean muscles.

It may be true that metabolic cooking is a little new, young even, in the eyes of expert dieters, but the fact that it drives you to eat healthily is enough to give it a try! Don’t forget, though, that you might need to have cardio exercises to match this diet. Why? It’s because cardio (or any short-burst exercises) also has the ability to increase your metabolic rate!

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.