10 Foods That Boost Metabolism

Eating smaller portions, more often, causes your metabolism (the system that controls the rate at which your body burns calories) to speed up. You can lose weight by speeding up your metabolism since more calories will be converted to energy, rather than stored as fat. The following are key foods to include in your diet that will help rev up your metabolism.

Oatmeal

Rich in fiber which requires a lot of calories to break down, i.e. more calories will be converted to energy instead of stored as fat.

Coffee & Tea

High in caffeine. Caffeine speeds up metabolism. *Drink in moderation. Consuming too much caffeine may lead to high blood pressure and sleep problems.

Fresh Fruits

Contain pectin which limit the amount of fat your cells can absorb.

Nuts

Contains healthy fat that helps maintain proper level of hormones that keep metabolism cranking.

Lean Meat (e.g. Chicken, Turkey)

Rich in protein which requires a lot of calories to break down, i.e. more calories will be converted to energy instead of stored as fat.

beansBeans

Rich in protein and fiber which both require a lot of calories to break down, i.e. more calories will be converted to energy instead of stored as fat.

yogurtYogurt

Rich in protein which requires a lot of calories to break down, i.e. more calories will be converted to energy instead of stored as fat.

Fish

The oil found in fish can cut leptin levels. Leptin is a hormone that slows the metabolism down. Fish is also rich in protein which requires a lot of calories to break down, i.e. more calories will be converted to energy instead of stored as fat.

Broccoli

Good source of calcium and vitamin C. Calcium stimulates the metabolism to increase its rate and vitamin C helps the body absorb it.

peppers & spicesPeppers & Spices

Cinnamon, ginger, and hot peppers – cayenne pepper, jalepeño pepper, red pepper, etc. – all trigger your metabolism to speed up due to their thermic effect.

*Bonus:
Water

Dehydration slows down the metabolism. Staying hydrated prevents this.

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