Want to rev up your metabolism?! Well, I’m going to give you a solid list of foods below that do just that …
As you might expect, the foods you eat can have a pretty big impact on how your body functions.
Some foods are easier to digest than others, others keep you feeling full longer, and others help build and repair muscle! And still, others can cause rapid blood sugar swings that can affect how your body stores fat.
Well, today I’ve got a list of power-packed foods that can help give you a healthy, all-natural boost for your metabolism.
Foods That Boost Your Metabolism:
Protein-rich foods: Eating foods high in protein (meat, eggs, fish, legumes, tofu, etc.) revs up your metabolism because it takes your body more energy to digest them.
This is called the thermic effect of food – different foods require more energy than others.
Fun fact: Protein can boost your metabolism by 15% to 30%, carbs can boost it 5% to 10%, and fats between 0% to 3%.
A bonus with protein is that if you’re losing weight, it helps you hold onto more of your muscle, which also can help you keep your metabolism humming along.
Legumes: On top of containing plenty of plant-based protein, legumes (lentils, black beans, kidney beans, etc.) also contain resistant starch. That’s a form of fiber your body can’t digest.
Resistant starch can help improve your metabolism because it helps stabilize blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity, both of which are key in fat storage.
Coffee and tea: The amount of caffeine in an average cup of coffee (around 100 mg) appears to boost your metabolism by up to 11% for up to 2 hours.
Also, studies suggest the antioxidants and catechins in green tea (especially green tea extract) appear to rev up your metabolism by 3% to 4% (and as much as 8%), over the course of a 24-hour period.
Ginger: One study found that adding a heaping teaspoon (2 grams) of ginger powder to hot water and drinking it after breakfast raised metabolism – people burned about 43 extra calories AND they didn’t feel as hungry for the next three hours.
Water: Drinking 2 cups of cold water temporarily boosts your metabolism by as much as 30% for up to 40 minutes after you drink it. Much of the increase has to do with how hard your body works to warm up the water.
Chili peppers: Add some red pepper to your dinner to fire up your metabolism! Many studies have investigated supplements containing capsaicinoids, which is the component that gives chili peppers their “heat.”
You can get some of the same benefits from food by adding spicy peppers to your recipes. Throw them into some chili with black beans and ground turkey for a 1-2-3 metabolic punch.
It’s important to know that none of these foods will suddenly make your body burn hundreds of extra calories a day … but it’s pretty surprising how quickly layering in small, consistent changes can rev your daily burn!
I hope this list helps! And don’t forget to join my Facebook group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HFandU/ for weekly challenges, healthy recipes, and a positive community.
P.S Learn how to lose weight and keep it off. Get my FREE guide on habits, mindset, and nutritional information to assist with health and weight maintenance at https://www.adelefrizzell.com/20nutritionhabits
Did you find these tips helpful? Let me know in the comments below!