Although healthy weight loss is more strongly connected to activity and nutrition, it can help to boost and regulate your metabolism [after all, you don’t have to blame all of it on your genetics]. Here are some of our favorite foods to recommend to our clients to get your metabolism up to speed.
- Avacado- If you’ve been reading our blog for any length of time, you know we think avocados are awesome. We suggest starting your day with a slice or two of avocado toast. Avocado has healthy fats—like Omega-3s—that help stabilize your blood sugar and boost your metabolism. It keeps you energetic throughout the day while keeping the crashes away.
- Celery- Celery’s high fiber content and low-calorie count makes it a great snack. And since your body uses a lot of energy to break down and process metabolism booster. Sounds like it’s time for ants on a log.
- Chili Peppers- The “warming” spices found in chili peppers help rev up the metabolic process by promoting and aiding in the breakdown of fat. So don’t be afraid to get a little spicy the next time you’re making dinner.
- Eggs– The vitamin D found in whole eggs helps your body repair and rebuild muscles. The more muscle mass you have, the quicker (and better) your metabolism will function. So the more you work on building muscle, the more eggs can help you along the way to meeting your metabolism and healthy weight loss goals.
- Fish– Selenium and iodine help the thyroid gland do its work— and a big part of that work is regulating your metabolism.
- Greek Yogurt- The higher the calcium content in your cells, the more they can help your metabolism keep humming along by burning fat. But make sure your high-calcium choices are also low-calorie. That’s where Greek Yogurt comes in (it’s got tons of protein, too). Try it with some fresh fruit, a few nuts, and a drizzle of honey.
- Green Tea- Green tea can give your metabolism a little bump, thanks to a naturally-occurring compound called EGCG that helps the fat-burning processes in your body along.
- Kimchi- The high probiotic count in kimchi promotes digestive health and regularity, which is a key part of sustaining a healthy, functioning metabolism. Our old friend Greek yogurt also has lots of active probiotic cultures per serving.
- Lean Meats- Don’t forget what eggs taught us— high protein —> building more muscles —-> burning more fat quicker. The lean part is important— keeping the fat content down will ensure that you make progress with your other nutrition and weight loss goals.
- Spinach- The high iron content in spinach gets oxygen to your muscles faster (which helps them burn fat even quicker). Other high iron foods include other dark leafy greens, like chard, and lentils.
It doesn’t have to be a mystery when you’re trying to figure out what to eat to boost your metabolism. Chances are many of your favorite foods are already on this list. We say, when it comes to being healthy, why not enjoy it? What are some of your favorite ways to prepare the foods on this list? Share your recipes with us!