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Metabolism - Know Food That Can Boost It!

Reviewed by
Dt.Neelam Gadage 92% (58ratings)
Diploma in Dietetics , Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai  •  5years experience
Metabolism - Know Food That Can Boost It!

It is often said that we are what we eat. So, when a person aims to stay healthy, maintaining a healthy rate of metabolism is important. So what about foods which can really help boost metabolism?

While exercise is important to stay healthy, it is said that what a person eats accounts for about 70 to 75% of the entire challenge of being fit. So, it can be said that eating foods which help the metabolism stay at a high level is something which is really very important. But, what exactly are these foods? 

  1. Water is something that is really underrated in a variety of ways. It should not come as a surprise, in that case, to know that it can do its bit to help to keep a metabolism rate high. After all, something that gets the body to function more smoothly should also be part of the answer to getting a more effortless high metabolism rate! Another thing which is interesting to know when it comes to water is the fact that if it is drunk cold, more calories can be burnt as the body would spend some energy in warming the water up. Now, is this not a very simple way to go about making sure that one’s metabolism does not slow?
     
  2. There are some chemical compounds which can help when it comes to improving metabolism. One of these happens to be capsaicin. Also, it does not mean that this compound needs to be bought or anything like that. As a matter of fact, it occurs absolutely naturally in chilli peppers. So, just incorporating some of them into the food one eats in a consistent manner will help a lot. Apart from just capsaicin, there is also quite a bit of vitamin C in chilli peppers, so it is truly a case of two birds, one stone!

Foods that elevate your metabolism is a good method of losing fat from the body. Include these foods in your breakfast, lunch and dinner to harness their fat-burning power.

1. Eggs
It is known that excessive consumption of eggs leads to high levels of cholesterol, but that really does not mean that egg whites are bad for health. As a matter of fact, not only it has a lot of Vitamin D and protein, but there is also a great amount of branched-chain amino acids, which can work wonders on the metabolism of a person.

2. Lean meat
Include lean meats, such as chicken and turkey to your diet as they are rich sources of protein. They are also good sources of iron, the deficiency of which may lead to a sluggish metabolism.

3. Chilli peppers
Chilli peppers are good sources of 'capsaicin', a component that is known to kick start your metabolism into high gear. You may add chilli peppers to your dishes to add some pungent flavour as well.

4. Coffee
A cup of coffee is said to be a daily need for a lot of people. While too much is not good, the fact that coffee drinkers tend to have a 16% higher metabolism than normal should provide sufficient reason to make a daily coffee a habit.

5. Beans
Beans are known to contain good amounts of protein and fibre. The fibre in the beans helps in promoting satiety and restricts your food cravings. They are also rich in iron, a macronutrient that helps in improving metabolism.

6. Berries
Berries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C that help combat free radical damage in the body. They also contain fibre that promotes healthy digestion.

7. Chocolate
Chocolate is a good source of magnesium that helps to regulate blood sugar levels in the body. It is also known to stimulate various hormones in the body that burn fat.

8. Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known to regulate blood sugar levels in the body. It also boosts acid production in the stomach, thus promoting healthy digestion and contributing to increased metabolism.

9. Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a herb that has certain properties which help in metabolizing carbohydrates in the body, thus increasing your overall calorie burn and kick starting your metabolism.

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