Human metabolism can differ, with different foods, sleep patterns and the type of exercise we undertake. These variables can impact the rate of our resting metabolism.
The resting metabolism is the way our bodies process energy while we are resting. After having a practitioner check your metabolic rate, you can pick and choose some foods to add to your diet to boost your resting metabolism.
Faster metabolism is often connected to weight loss and weight loss diets. Weight loss diets have come a long way since the 1960s. It was an easier time when swapping out a full-fat coke for a diet coke was considered a good change to a healthier you. Those days are over, we can focus on whole foods and work on eating plans that are suited to our body types.
By incorporating foods that boost your metabolism you are doing a world of good to your body.
Without further ado here’s our top 9 metabolism boosting foods:
Almonds are loaded with so many nutrients, its nuts! Magnesium, Vitamin E, protein, manganese, vitamin b2, phosphorus, and copper.
The key metabolic assisting antioxidant is the vitamin E. Vitamin E is long known for its fat-soluble nature, the recommended handful goes into your body and targets fats.
There are so many other benefits to consuming these crazy nuts including lower rates of cancer, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases.
2 Go for Avocado
Avocados are a key monounsaturated fat that can prevent from risks of metabolic syndrome.
With many vitamins, minerals, fibers, monounsaturated fats, avocados reign all powerful as an every day add on to your diet. Avocados are also high in protein with low sugar (impressive for a fruit), this cute fruit can make you feel fuller for longer.
Helping your insides fight off cardiovascular diseases and giving your body a healthy dose of good fat.
3 Coconut oil
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) are found in natural fats like coconut oil which are metabolized faster that Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT). What this means is that fatty acids found in coconut oil are metabolized and turned into energy faster than LCT oils.
It is recommended to replace your daily LCT’s like butter and vegetable oils with MCT where possible to boost metabolism.
Good news coffee lovers, we have a winner.
Caffeine with catechins, taken the right amounts is proven to burn more calories in a day through a process called fat oxidation. The recommended amount for an adult is 300 mg of caffeine daily.
5 Spice it up with Capsaicin
Chilies and pepper vegetables (jalapenos, capsicums, and assortments of chilies) are a great source of taste and add heat to your meals. They also contain capsaicin, a compound which boosts the thermogenesis process. A process that turns calories into heat for fuel.
6 Cacao Beans
No list will be complete without the knowledge that our favorite bean is part of the list. Cacao beans in its unprocessed state have proven to be incredibly good for your body.
Containing monounsaturated fats, vitamins, dietary fiber, proteins and much more, it is no doubt that cacao made the list (it tastes pretty good too). Keeping you fuller for longer, think of the possibilities. Here are a few ideas: Energy balls, guilt-free choc smoothies, granola, salads, and desserts.
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7 Sprinkle some cinnamon
Whether your food is sweet or savory, this ancient stick can boost flavor and your metabolism. Many studies conducted have proven that cinnamon can benefit a person by helping prevent metabolic syndrome. Alongside aiding to alleviate ailments caused by metabolic syndrome.
This includes properties that are anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatories, anti-oxidizing and more.
Lentils and beans are high in iron. Iron is vital in transporting oxygen around the body, which speeds up the calories to fuel process.
Add a can of beans to your diet, this high fiber, low-fat legumes are an easy source of iron. Keeping you fuller for longer whilst giving you a few extra nutritional bonuses like protein, folate, vitamins b1, b6 and more.
9 Under the Sea vegetables
Sea veggies are high in iodine and magnesium. A blend of iodine and the amino acid tyrosine are responsible for producing thyroxine, the key hormone for healthy thyroid glands. Thyroid glads produces the hormones responsible for a high functioning metabolism.
Our little underwater blues and greens help the thyroid to produce the hormones to kick-start the metabolic train.
The veggies include Arame, Spirulina, Wakame, Dulse, Kelp, Nori, and Algae. Don’t worry, you don’t have to dive out to sea to find these tasty morsels. Most sea vegetables can be found in Asian supermarkets or in your general supermarkets under health foods.
And there you have it, 9 foods that can be easily incorporated into your diet to boost your metabolism.
Eating healthy does not have to be boring, creating tasty meals that can double as medicine. What’s not to love. Although, it can get confusing, with the right help you will be able to figure out the right boosters for your body type.
Did your favorite foods make the list? Let us know in the comment section.
Claudia Beck is a writer with a passion for health and food currently living in Perth, Australia. Find more of her work on Twitter.
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