If you love drinking coffee in the morning and you happen to be trying to lose a few extra pounds, you’re in luck.
Adding just a few simple ingredients into your coffee can help accelerate your metabolism. Naturally our bodies are more insulin resistant in the morning, partly due to a rise in cortisol upon waking.
That means our bodies aren’t very efficient at metabolizing carbohydrates at breakfast. It also means the body naturally favors using fat for fuel in the morning (also called ketosis).
MCT oil, such as coconut oil, has fat-burning properties.
According to Dr. Laurie Cullen at the Women’s Institute, when MCTs are absorbed into the blood stream, they bypass the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCTs provide quick energy for the body and are thus less likely to be stored in the fat cells.
Furthermore, Dr. Cullen says that when a meal includes medium chain triglycerides, there is a significant increase in the number of calories burned (thermogenic effect).
When more calories are used, fewer are stored as fat, which helps to reduce body fat levels.
2 Natural Ingredients That Boost Metabolism
In addition to their intrinsic feature of revving-up the metabolism, these ingredients also offer other helpful features:
1. Cinnamon – Helps control insulin levels, the spice has the ability to alter the metabolism of not only sugar, but of carbohydrates as well. Your body is better able to use your carbohydrate storage, so that they do not turn into excess fat.
2. Coconut oil – Helps adjust the metabolism to efficiently burn fat. Many studies show that medium chain triglycerides can boost metabolism, in one study increasing energy expenditure by 120 calories per day.