It can be tempting to blame your metabolism for weight gain and other health problems. Although your metabolism influences your body’s energy needs, your digestive fire and physical activity, the foods you eat actually determine your weight and overall health.
There are some foods that may increase your metabolism because they contain important elements that are vital to maintain a steady metabolism, they take more calories to break down in the digestive system, or they contain protein. But before we get to those foods, let’s take a step back and go over what metabolism is in detail.
Almonds may be high in calories, but they are also jam packed with essential fatty acids which are great metabolism boosters.
Remember, the best way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. However, incorporating these metabolism friendly foods into a nutrient-rich diet will give your weight loss regime a boost and help you get closer to leaner, healthier you.
Apples and pears can be great allies when it comes to losing weight, not only because of their low caloric content but also because these two fruits can boost your metabolism. This is supported by a study conducted at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, which confirms that women who ate three apples or small pears a day lost more weight than those who did not.
Chilli peppers contain an active ingredient called capsaicin. Capsaicin is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory which can support a sluggish (or over-active for that matter) thyroid gland. Capsaicin has also been the subject of many scientific studies which suggests it promotes thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the process of burning calories and producing heat as a result. Diet-induced thermogenesis is a part of our daily energy expenditure, so incorporating some spice into your diet can help burn more calories! Pass the chilli!
According to Bowden, eggs are the best protein source on the planet. They contain all nine essential amino acids, which your body needs to build muscle tissue. And the bigger your guns, the greater your fat-burning potential, because it takes more calories to maintain muscle than it does fat.
Start your day with two scrambled eggs instead of waffles or cereal. Or get creative and cook an egg in an avocado for a dose of healthy fats: Slice the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and carve out some additional space in the center, then crack an egg into it. Bake at 425° for about 10 minutes or until set, and voil?!