If you were not born with a fast metabolism you can eat foods that will help boost it. This list is for both men and women. If you need a little help losing some weight these foods can help you. Sometimes, working out and portion control doesn’t work to get to where you want. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds and look leaner.
Here are some foods that will speed up your metabolism:
Almonds and other tree nuts can help you out due to the essential fatty acids they contain. You can also use almond butter but just stick to using a couple of tablespoons a day. Almonds are nutritionally dense. This means that for a small portion size, you get a large amount of healthy micronutrients and calories. One serving of almonds, or about a handful, is an excellent source of vitamin E (an antioxidant) and a good source of fiber (which helps keep you full). Almonds also offer heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
curry can boost your metabolism because it combines so many different spices, from hot peppers to cinnamon to turmeric and ginger that are essential metabolism boosters. These spices can also help boost your metabolism if you don’t like curry, Black Pepper, Mustard, Cayenne Pepper, and Cinnamon.
Peanut butter is fiber-packed and it helps curb your intake of calories. I like crunchy peanut butter because I use less and it makes me feel fuller for longer. It makes a great mid day snack. Either just having a spoonful or making a slice of peanut butter toast. I also love crunchy peanut butter because actual peanuts induce a strong thermic response so when you digest them they actually burns calories. Studies have shown that your resting metabolic rate is increased by 11 percent, even without added exercise. Don’t go overboard just keep it to two tablespoons a day.
Cabbage I think cabbage gets a bad wrap. So many people I know hate it but it’s really healthy and can fill you making you fuller and not feeling the need to snack. Cabbage has B Vitamins has a healthy effect on your metabolism. If you hate cabbage you can eat one of these veggies, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, and Cauliflower.
Spicy peppers Jalapeno, Habanero, cayenne and other forms of spicy peppers directly boost metabolism and circulation. Eating hot peppers not only speeds up your metabolism, it also reduces cravings. Capsaicin content, a compound that stimulates the body’s pain receptors, temporarily increasing blood circulation and metabolic rate. Eating hot peppers can boost the metabolism by up to 25%, with the spike lasting for up to 3 hours.
Seaweed contains iodine and your thyroid runs on iodine. When you lack iodine it slows down your metabolism. Your body doesn’t make iodine and it is an essential part of your diet. Table salt contains it not sea salt though. Don’t over do it on regular table salt. Seaweed contains the most iodine and you just need to eat a couple of times a week to have the right intake.
Whole grains, stop thinking that carbs are the enemy. Whole grains like oats and barley have great nutritional value and help control your appetite. The short-chain fatty acids from whole grains help us eat less because they stimulate fat cells in our stomachs to release leptin . The high levels of fiber in whole grains also help us feel full by slowing blood-sugar release and steadying insulin levels. That means you can eat bread but not white bread. Also, pasta is ok just as long as you are eating it without a cream sauce, the right portion control and try to limit it to a couple of times a week. Brown rice is ok and oatmeal.
Green Tea increased metabolism production is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Green tea originated in China and it does have a lot of caffeine so if you are sensitive to it then drink a couple of cups in the morning. That’s all you need a day to get your metabolism going.