It almost sounds too good to be true, but there are some delicious metabolism boosting foods that you can eat that will help to trigger the release of fat destroying hormones, spike your metabolism and eliminate toxins from your body.
Some of these foods you may have in your cupboard or pantry, and you may be unaware of their potential. So here is a quick list of a few of my favourites.
Top 10 Metabolism Boosting Foods
Studies have shown that tomatoes can help in the lowering of systemic inflammation in overweight women, as well as increase the release of a fat burning protein called adiponectin.
Protein rich foods
Such as meat, fish, dairy, legumes, eggs, nuts and seeds – the body requires more energy to digest these foods leaving you feeling fuller for longer. Protein also plays an important role in retaining muscle mass.
Chilli is full of capsaicin – the ingredient that gives chilli peppers their heat – which studies have found may increase the number of calories burned per day as well as assist in reducing appetite and increase satiety (feeling full).
Coffee and Tea
Coffee has been found to increase metabolism by up to 11% , it also acts as a natural performance enhancer enabling you to train at the gym more intensely. Tea, and in particular oolong and green tea, have both been found to increase metabolism by 4-10%. These teas may also play a role in helping the body to burned stored fat for energy more effectively.
Try adding ginger to hot water to make a tea- studies have reported that the tea can help to decrease levels of hunger and increase metabolism by burning up to 43 more calories than drinking plain hot water.
Drinking water can increase the metabolic rate by up to a massive 30%! Not to mention, it has been shown that thirst can be confused with hunger – so try drinking a glass or two of water before cracking open the pantry for something to eat.
Now this is one food that makes us happy to see in a list such as this: did you know that dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium and that magnesium stimulates the release of that wonderful fat burning protein, adiponectin. Just try to keep your dark chocolate consumption to a couple of squares a day.
Just ¼ teaspoon a day can help with fat loss. Cinnamon has great thermogenic properties and also plays a key role in managing sugar cravings.
Greens such as spinach and kale, contain high amounts of fibre which can increase fat burning by up to 30%. These wonderful greens also help to suppress the appetite and clean your body of toxins.
Watermelon contains a high concentration of the amino acid, arginine. Arginine can assist in building and retaining muscle mass which in turn, speeds up the metabolism. Do we really need another excuse to eat watermelon?
Try eating wild salmon on a regular basis. The omega-3s in wild salmon may help to improve insulin sensitivity which will aid in reducing belly fat and assist with the activation of the thyroid hormone for a metabolism boost!
Which of these metabolism boosting foods is your favorite? Comment below. 🙂