A lot of emphasis is put on the quality of what one eats. There are some foods that are associated with boosting one’s metabolism. You have to eat to survive, so why not gravitate to foods that can help increase your metabolism. Win win.
So, what’s metabolism? It’s the process that body takes to break down one’s food to produce energy. As one ages, one’s metabolism decreases as muscle mass decreases over time. By age 40, one’s metabolism starts to decline by 5% every decade on. One can’t prevent the biological clock from moving forward, but keep these foods in mind when planning meals.
Natural appetite suppressant
Increases metabolism by 30% after drinking 17 oz.
Suggested to drink water before every meal and snack
Increase intake of fruits and vegetables, which contain more fluids than empty calories such as chips and cookies
When cold water’s consumed, body expends energy to warm water to one’s natural body temperature
High in vitamin C
Reduce insulin levelsàpromoting weight loss
**check with doctor before consumption as there are some interactions with certain medications
Fat soulable fiber
Provides energy for workouts
Helps absorb calcium, which has been seen to help with weight loss
Protects against disease
Low in calories
Great antioxidant properties
Helps prevent some forms of cancer
Boosts metabolism from caffeine and catechins
Recommended to drink 2-4 cups, which can burn 17% more calories than moderately intense exercise
Causes one to burn more calories by releasing capsaicin
Temporarily releases stress hormones that speed up metabolism
i.e. green chili pepper
Low Fat Dairy
Great for digestive tract
High in calcium—great for weight loss
Take longer to digest than fruits and vegetables
Provide more energy longer
Contains omega 3 fatty acids, which increase fat burning enzymes
Body burns more calories from protein than fat and carbohydrates
i.e. lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, beans, eggs, nuts
I started noticing a trend, a lot of the foods suggested are dairy products. I looked further, and calcium’s been found to stimulate fat cells.
Disclaimer: Eating metabolism boosting foods does not give one a “pass” to omit exercise or other healthy foods from one’s diet. Metabolism boosting foods should be consumed in conjunction with other healthy habits.