15 Foods That Boost Your Metabolism
You can try all the crazy diets you want, but at the end of the day, eating good, real food is truest and simplest way to maintain a healthy weight. Because you have to eat, you might as well eat foods that keep your metabolism at its peak.
Scroll through to find out what they are!
Are you getting enough iron? Over 20 percent women are not, and your body needs iron to carry out its calorie-burning processes effectively. Iron facilitates the flow of oxygen throughout the body, which helps increase energy and your metabolism. Just one cup of lentils provides 35 percent of your daily iron needs, plus protein and fiber, which aid in digestion.
Beans (think red and black, not refried) are loaded with fiber, which lowers insulin levels after eating and improves insulin sensitivity over time. The result? Your body stores less fat. The B vitamins and zinc in beans boost testosterone which helps increase energy and build calorie-burning muscle.
Your body works harder when digesting protein than when it’s digesting fat or carbohydrates. Eating good lean meats like white meat chicken and turkey helps speed up your metabolism simply because they require so much energy to fully digest. Plus, all that protein helps preserve your muscle mass to keep your metabolism at its peak.
Spicy foods have natural chemicals in them that fire up your metabolism. Capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers hot, is also precisely what helps your body burn more energy. Can’t handle red peppers? Even just a pinch of cayenne has been shown to boost metabolism by up to 25 percent for three hours after you eat, while also curbing hunger.
Oily fish like salmon, herring, and tuna, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce resistance to the leptin, a hormone that plays an important roles in determining how fast fat is burned. They also balance blood sugar and reduce inflammation, both of which help to regulate metabolism.